On average, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approves of a new drug
once every two weeks, or about 25 new medications a year. If you watch
the news closely enough, you will find that a similar number of prescription
medications are found to be unreasonably harmful in one way or another
each year. You can even just listen closely to drug advertisements to
hear a seemingly endless list of harmful side effects of a drug the FDA
has approved. Not only should this raise your eyebrow at why someone would
want to use that drug, it should also raise a lot of questions, specifically,
“Why does the FDA keep approving
Putting False Faith in Pharmaceuticals
When you see that a drug has been approved by the FDA, you feel a sense
of relief that someone has tested it for safety. But what no one ever
tells the consumer is that the Food and Drug Administration do
not conduct those tests themselves. Instead, the FDA requires that the drug
manufacturer perform preliminary safety studies themselves and report
back to the FDA, who will then approve or disapprove the drug for widespread
The problem with this system is immediately apparent. It is akin to letting
a thief into a bank vault alone and then asking him if he stole anything.
Would you trust his answer? Would you not want to check his pockets?
Pharmaceutical giants can falsify their reports, or conduct tests that
are scientifically flawed, such as ones that use too small a sample group
or have too short a duration to take long-term side effects into account. If and
when something goes wrong and someone suffers because of the poor standard
of clinical testing, the drug manufacturers can throw money at the problem
until it goes away. All of the largest drug companies combined only paid
out $7 billion in lawsuits between 2004 and 2010 when, during that time,
just one of them made $245 billion.
Does the FDA Offer Solutions?
When the FDA is made aware of a dangerous drug, they do take steps to try
to improve the situation for consumers, but these steps are arguably ineffective.
In a large percentage of cases, the FDA will require the drug manufacturer
to retest their product but, once again, they do not oversee or participate
in that testing at all. The original problem of trusting in the people
profiting off the system is met again.
For example, fluoxetine has long been considered a dangerous drug that
increases suicidal tendencies in many users when it is supposed to decrease
it, and yet it has been consistently sold for medical use since the 80s.
The FDA simply does not have the means to make immediate impacts.
If you have been hurt by a dangerous drug, your best bet to find compensation
and make things right again may be to take legal action yourself with
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PLLC. We have more than 75 years of combined legal experience helping
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