Can we trust the FDA?

Can we trust an FDA approved drug?

If you’ve watched or read any ads for pharmaceuticals lately, you’ve seen the long list of potential side effects and warnings. Each time I see that, i wonder at the “wisdom” of the FDA to approve medications that have proven themselves to be hazardous in so many ways.

An article posted today quotes a study from the British Medical Journal that shows  less than half of all NIH-funded clinical drug trials were published in a medical journal within two and a half years of the trial’s completion – and that one-third of trial results remained unpublished even four years afterwords!  Ostensibly this is because the drug manufacturers don’t like the negative results to reach the public.

It’s “an absence of data”, the study reports and, it says, “missing data about harm in trials can harm patients, and incomplete data about benefit can lead to futile costs to health systems.”

The Wall Street Journal reported that FDA advisers, in a recent vote, said the benefits of four popular Bayer AG birth control pills outweigh the blood clot risk. What the FDA didn’t disclose is that three of the advisers have had ties to Bayer, serving as consultants, speakers, or researchers!

The proliferation of medications with adverse and potentially hazardous or life-threatening side effects continues to grow, with  the real risks to the public’s health played down.  As more patients are researching medical treatments and being more of a partner in their personal healthcare. isn’t it time for pharmaceutical companies – and especially the FDA, which is charged with the safeguarding of our national health – to come clean and really have the public’s health and well-being at heart?

That may be an impossible quest, particularly where  often billions of dollars are at stake, but shouldn’t consumers really know what they’re getting into with meds? As in most things, the hype isn’t necessarily the truth and the truth, in this case, can do more than hurt.

One Response

  1. Great article. Sadly, you cannot trust FDA. And Consumer complaints alone can’t force the FDA — or a company — to recall potentially tainted products. It’s the case of recent reports of chicken jerky dog treat-related issues ranging from diarrhea and vomiting to kidney failure, Fanconi syndrome and death. Pet jerky treat death toll: 360 dogs, 1 cat, FDA says!

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