Prescription drugs facing crisis?
There are a lot of dangers in the post modern world and while it’s hard to believe, medicine is one of them. Lots of prescription drugs for serious medical conditions have potentially lethal side effects. Some have been recalled. Others may still be prescribed.
Since 2001, highly respected medical journals, national news outlets and university studies, have revealed dangers in the FDA’s approval process and its reluctance to sanction pharmaceutical companies that won’t take medications with serious side effects off the market.
The FDA’s power to control drugs is limited
The FDA “can take regulatory action” if a drug company won’t recall a questionable drug after an FDA request, but “only in rare cases” – as the FDA also states on its website – does the federal agency ask for recall when it receives reports of bad side effects. The first systematic analysis of FDA approval standards in 2014, by Yale University revealed that “more than one third of the drugs” the FDA authorized between 2005 and 2011 “were approved on the basis of a single trial.” Many were not focused on “clinical endpoints like death.”
When “endpoints like death” are ignored
No one knows how many “endpoints” were covered up in the clinical trials of 35 drugs on a list of prescription medications recalled for dangerous side effects. Vioxx is on the list. It was approved by the FDA in 1999. A 2004 article about it in The New York Times quoted an FDA scientist who estimated it was “associated with more than 27,000 heart attacks or deaths.” His advice to the FDA about Vioxx was ignored. It was revealed when he testified before Congress.
Merck didn’t recall Vioxx until September 2004. An article in The New York Times that year revealed the drug company’s reason for leaving Vioxx on the market although it knew the drug caused serious cardiovascular problems. Patents on the drug were about to expire, opening the door to competitive generics, and Vioxx was a major money maker for Merck.
A new warning in 2017 about the FDA causes concern
“All too often, patients and clinicians mistakenly view FDA approval as an indication that a product is fully safe and effective.” The new 2017 warning about the FDA was issued by the Johns Hopkins Center for Drug Safety and Effectiveness, a division of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Health, the only institution of its kind in the world.
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