Each year more than 100,000 people die from adverse drug reactions and another 2 million people are seriously injured. Dr. Sidney M. Wolfe, who is with Public Citizen, points out that by the time the FDA banned Rezulin, it had caused hundreds of cases of liver damage, including 63 reported deaths. Dr. Wolfe had warned about this drug and its potential danger about 18 months before the FDA final decided to take Rezulin off the market.
There are several reasons why the FDA is unable to really do a good job of regulating the drug manufacturers. One of them is that Congress has failed to fund the agency properly. Most folks are shocked when they learn that the FDA receives nearly $400 million from the drug industry. That amounts to 20% of the agency’s total budget. You might ask, “does that make it difficult for the FDA to perform its oversight duties and to challenge questionable safety reports?”
Another problem with the FDA is that it has to deal with the “fast track” approach to new drug approvals. Since the FDA sped up the approval process to accommodate BIG PHARMA, one in five new drugs have had to be removed from the market or receive a black box warning after FDA approval.
If you don’t know about Public Citizen and the work that Dr. Wolfe and his folks are doing, I encourage you to go to www.citizen.org for more information. I also recommend that you consider subscribing to Worst Pills, Best Pills News. This publication, put out by Dr. Wolfe, contains valuable information on drugs and is dedicated to keeping dangerous drugs off the market.
Source: Public Citizen
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