The record of Public Citizen relating to the safety of drugs in the United States has been very good. In fact, if the FDA had listened to the early warnings from Public Citizen, lots of dangerous drugs would have been off the market much sooner than turned out to be the case. For example, Public Citizen warned the diet drug Meridia was dangerous for safety reasons and should be withdrawn in 1998. The drug was finally withdrawn from the U.S. market on October 10, 2010 because, just as Public Citizen had warned, it caused an increase in heart attacks and strokes. It shouldn’t have taken the FDA over 12 years to heed the warnings.
There have been at least 20 drugs that were approved by the FDA after 1992 which were subsequently withdrawn from the market for safety reasons. I have often wondered how things would be if the FDA had been given the authority and funding and independence to truly regulate the pharmaceutical companies. Public Citizen has done a better job of protecting the public on dangerous drugs than has the FDA. If you want more information on this subject go to www.worstpills.org.
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