Thursday, July 14, 2005

Thou Shalt Hastily Approve Pharmaceuticals

Today the FDA halted use of the painkiller Palladone because it causes fatal reaction if taken with alcohol, a fact that has come to light AFTER the FDA approved the drug for domestic use. Can anyone think of any other drugs that have been yanked from the market after being approved by the FDA?

  • Antidepressants Paxil and Prozak cause increases in the incidences of suicide and violence
  • Vioxx and Bextra cause heart attacks
  • Antipsychotic Zyprexa causes diabetes

    Just to name a few.

    Yet the FDA refuses to approve use of emergency contraception due to "questions concerning whether the actual use data were generalizable to the overall population of nonprescription users." Even though we all know that it had more to do with so-called moral implications. Maybe the Bible said "thou shalt use Vioxx for everyday aches and pains," thus accelerating the approval process and eliminating the need to scrutinize Vioxx's safety data.

    [For further reading, check out, a medical website which includes this article that compares Big Pharma to Big Tobacco and this article, which asserts that prescription drugs are currently 16,400% more deadly than terrorism.]

    Anonymous Daniel Haszard said...

    I applaud your blog,i took zyprexa which was ineffective for my condition and gave me diabetes.

    {Only 9 percent of adult Americans think the pharmaceutical industry can be trusted right around the same rating as big tobacco}

    Zyprexa, which is used for the treatment of psychiatric disorders, such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, accounted for 32% of Eli Lilly's $14.6 billion revenue last year.

    Zyprexa is the product name for Olanzapine,it is Lilly's top selling drug.It was approved by the FDA in 1996 ,an 'atypical' antipsychotic a newer class of drugs without the motor side effects of the older Thorazine.Zyprexa has been linked to causing diabetes and pancreatitis.

    Did you know that Lilly made nearly $3 billion last year on diabetic meds, Actos,Humulin and Byetta?
    Yes! They sell a drug that causes diabetes and then turn a profit on the drugs that treat the condition that they caused in the first place!

    I was prescribed Zyprexa from 1996 until 2000.
    In early 2000 i was shocked to have an A1C test result of 13.9 (normal is 4-6) I have no history of diabetes in my family.
    Daniel Haszard

    5:01 PM  

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