Recently, the Los Angeles Times published an article on their website, “Medication new to the market? Proceed with caution.” The story is about drug safety in Canada, but their regulatory agency works much like the FDA in the United States.
They report that a research study has been done on drug safety in Canada, and over a 16-year period, about a quarter of the drugs approved during that time either had to be pulled from the market or a subsequent safety warning needed to be issued on them.
Feel free to click on the name of the article above and read it for yourself, but this is what you should know about this.
In my years of practicing insurance-based health care, my office had daily visits from “drug reps” offering gifts of free lunch to my staff and free vacations to popular golf-resort destinations for the doctor. What did they want in return? They wanted the doctor to prescribe the newest and best new pharmaceutical drug that would net the manufacturer the most profit.
I was never comfortable pushing the latest drugs on my patients, and I will go into more detail below, but if you don’t continue reading, I want to leave you with one important rule: DON’T USE ANY MEDICATION THAT HAS BEEN ON THE MARKET FOR LESS THAN 10 YEARS…unless you don’t mind risking your life and health being the drug company’s unpaid guinea pig.
Since 1992, the Food and Drug Administration has been funded in large part by the pharmaceutical companies. That funding has increased from less than $50 million per year in 1993 to over $550 million in 2010. How can we rely on government to oversee our drug safety when it is funded by the very companies it is supposed to monitor? It’s the old story of the fox watching the hen house.
There has been a lack of honesty on the part of drug companies. Data on the widely-used medication Lipitor showed that it was not at all effective for women in lowering heart attack risk. It is effective in men. The pharmaceutical company combined men’s and women’s data to give an appearance of overall efficacy for men and women. As many as half of the studies done on efficacy of anti-depressants showed no benefit, but these were suppressed.
As an investigator in research studies for new gynecologic medications, I had to sign a waiver that I would not reveal adverse effects or results on the studies I was carrying out. I stopped doing them when I understood what that meant.
I encourage you to look for restorative solutions for maintaining your health. Stop looking for solutions in a pharmaceutical agent. So much of your health depends on lifestyle changes, hormonal restoration, and proper nutritional supplementation. These address the real basis for health.