Thursday, August 27, 2015

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 RIP Daryl Dawkins, aka Chocolate Thunder, the NBA's answer to Parliament-Funkadelic.

What's the guinea-pigging payment rate for taking Addyi with 2-4 shots of grain alcohol in the morning?

Sprout Pharmaceuticals is taking some heat for a safety trial of Addyi, its (alleged) libido-booster for women, which was recently approved by the FDA. It turns out that Sprout conducted the safety trial almost entirely on men.  Of the 25 subjects in the trial, only two were women.

Pretty dumb, but it's not hard to see why. The vast majority of Phase I guinea pigs are men. So unless Sprout had decided to recruit only women (which would have been the reasonable thing to do with a drug developed exclusively for women), it would likely get mostly male volunteers.

Here's my question. How much did the subjects get paid?  According to Melissa Dahl, the trial consisted of taking Addyi along with 2-4 shots of grain alcohol in the morning. The result?  "Many of the study volunteers experienced fainting and dangerously low blood pressure; in some cases medical intervention was needed."

 I've seen Phase I trials that paid upwards of $6000 or $7000, but that's usually for a 3-plus week inpatient stay with an invasive procedure or two.  (Also, those trials don't usually serve alcohol.) What's the going rate for a couple of shots of Everclear and an experimental drug?

Of course, that's not the only interesting thing about the trial.  I'd really like to have a look at the consent form. Not just to see whether they informed subjects of what might happen to them, but to see how exactly they described it.  Everclear, a libido-booster and a medically-induced black-out: it sounds like a trigger warning for a date-rape simulation.

There are 25 former subjects in this trial.  Are any of them willing to talk about the experience? We're asking the question on Twitter. Reply to @FearLoathingBTX.

"The Star Tribune and the St. Paul Pioneer Press have yet to write a single byline story about Winona State basketball coach Mike Leaf, who's accused of drunkenly molesting one of his players who had passed out at the coach's home."

So says the (Rochester, Minnesota) Post-Bulletin.

The Post-Bulletin published stories about Leaf's resignation and the hiring of his replacement, Todd Eisner, but treaded lightly while checking out the swirling allegations that spread like wildfire among college coaches at an AAU basketball tournament June 26 in St. Cloud. Data requests filed June 29 and July 14 by the P-B turned up little and were rejected, respectively, but multiple sources privately confirmed details of the alleged incident that were eventually reported in the Daily News on Aug. 21.

And that story in the Winona Daily News?  Here is a sample.

The player observed that Leaf appeared to be severely intoxicated, he said. Leaf repeatedly stared into the player’s eyes. At one point Leaf told the player to put on a pair of white underwear. Leaf began moving closer and closer to the player as they sat in the backyard.

On multiple occasions, Leaf reached over to touch the player’s hand. The player pushed him away each time. Eventually, the player said, Leaf appeared to lose consciousness, at which point the player collected his things to leave.

Leaf tried to stop the player, saying he should stay at Leaf’s house for the night.

“‘No, no, no, you’re not going,” the player recalled Leaf saying to him. “You’re drunk. You need to stay here tonight. You need to stay here with me.”

"The Star Tribune missed an opportunity to leverage its powerful position in our community for the good. Instead, it allowed Teague’s sense of entitlement to go unchecked, and he predictably continued to misuse the positional power of the athletic director to intimidate, harass, and assault women."

Writing in MinnPost, Tom Micheletti says that when Strib reporter Amelia Rayno told the newspaper that she had been harassed by Norwood Teague, she "should have been assured that the newspaper would fully stand beside her and protect her from retaliation if the university did not take appropriate action."

Instead, the Star Tribune leadership dropped the ball. In hindsight, Rayno regretted not taking action immediately so as to protect the two university women who subsequently became targets of Teague. It wasn’t her fault. Her company failed her.

Only one in ten rapes on U of M campus lead to an arrest or criminal charges

This alarming Fox 9 News Report is well worth watching.  Here is an excerpt:

A few weeks into her freshman year, Blake said she was sexually assaulted by a young man she invited to watch television in her dorm room. She reported it to the University, and he was put on academic probation and forced into counseling.

"My first perpetrator is still on this campus. I walk around with pepper spray at all times. It's actually behind me right now," Blake said.

She shared her experience on social media, even naming her rapist. In the video she stated:  "He was allowed his own testimony, wherein he changed the narrative. He called me the college whore."

Less than a year later, it happened again, at an off campus party. "Someone offered me some alcohol. I was going to leave and that's all I remember until I got home. Didn't have my clothes or my belongings and had no idea how I got there," she recalled.  

Friends told her to keep it quiet, that it was all a misunderstanding. But this time, she went to the hospital, then police. The student even became a suspect in a second rape. But just a couple of weeks ago, prosecutors declined to charge the case, for lack of evidence.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Regents "very supportive" of the way Kaler has handled the Norwood Teague situation

That's what Board of Regents Chair Dean Johnson told Cathy Wurzer of MPR this morning, and really, who can complain?  I mean, just look at the publicity. You can't buy this kind of exposure.