Time Magazine has an article this week about the FDA approving the diabetes drug Avandia in 1999 despite the awareness of cardiovascular side effects. Jump ahead to 2010 and despite study after study by the FDA and others Avandia is just being reconsidered to be taken off the market. According to their own estimates 47,000 people have suffered stroke, heart attack or death from Avandia.
47000? Yes ! Doesn’t that sound like the kind of numbers used in a genocide in an African country? Or victims of a flood. Or vehicle recall? NOT injuries done by FDA approved drugs?? Surely noone would PAY for a product, let alone be authorized to USE something in our modern society that could injure, maim or kill 47000 people. IS THIS NOT A PROBLEM???
These statistics are AUTHORIZED and PAID FOR in the name of better health. As sales climbed above $2 billion per year for drug conglomerate Glaxo Smith Kline, Avandia was making big profits while injuring people.
Now there are suits and settlements but the drug companies remain the most consistently profitable companies in the world. The costs of litigation are reported in the Time article (GSK is short for Glaxo Smith Kline):
Now GSK has other financial concerns. In March the company put aside $3.5 billion for “legal and other disputes.” In May it paid $60 million to settle 700 Avandia civil cases; in July it reportedly offered to pay $460 million to settle civil cases claiming the drug caused heart attacks.
Read more: http://www.time.com/time/health/article/0,8599,2010028-3,00.html#ixzz0x5tkor6D
But they have averaged over $1 billion in sales annually since before 2000 and the product is still on the market. Seems like they can afford the legal expenses. Note to self: 47000!!
This the classic story of “sell it anyways” and “deal with the lawsuits when they come”. Yes, they got caught but like other other drugs (remember Vioxx? Celebrex? and others) THE FDA KNEW FROM THE GITGO.
There are countless stories of what is wrong with the FDA. Their own self-study, which I have written about describes problems from top to bottom, the worst in my opinion being that the FDA docs have their hand in the pockets of the drug companies. A recent article about the reflux drugs: http://topnews.co.uk/25357-fda-cautions-fracture-peril-acid-reflux-drugs causing fractures.
People need to get that ALL drugs have side-effects, that the effects may be lethal, and the drug companies do NOT want you to know or take them too seriously. Not until they have made their profits… then its OK. And one more thing – IT MAY TAKE YEARS TO SHOW! Examples abound:
- remember Thalidomide (for morning sickness) and children with shortened limbs?
- remember di-ethylstilbestrol (also for morning sickness) that did not affect the mother taken it. Her FEMALE offspring had incomplete uterus formation and had to be sewed up to have a baby.
- remember that margarine was said to be OK for about 20 years… a corn product made by Monsato, Dow and other conglomerates that are corn overproducers because of government subsidies. They invented margarine to use more corn, told us it was safe… until we learned the truth alot later.
- here’s a list on wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_withdrawn_drugs
The bottom line – THERE ARE NO QUICK FIXES when it comes to health. You can change the physiology of the body… for a while. Maybe even years with medicine, but eventually it has to be processed by the body, filtered by the kidneys and… bites you in the figurative rear end. THERE ARE CONSEQUENCES, some that take decades to show.
It is much harder to take responsibility, to commit to wellness, to make better choices each day, than to use a “quick fix”. Our office is devoted to those committed to the tough road, the healthy road, the natural road to optimal health and healing.
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