Medicines of mass destruction
Last week, I told you about the recent Dutch study showing that people don’t want to take prednisone for fear of the side effects associated with it. The researchers of that study tried to brush off patients’ concerns as ignorance or being sadly misinformed. But a new study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine proves that we’re right to be concerned about side effects — and not just the ones from prednisone, either, but from every other patent drug out there as well. Because, according to this study, the number of prescription-drug-related deaths more than doubled in the past eight years.
You don’t need me to tell you that that’s a downright staggering increase.
What’s even scarier is that the bulk of that increase was attributed to 298 of the 1,489 drugs identified: This group of drugs accounted for 407,394 of the 467,809 events.
So was their next move to call for immediate withdrawal of those 300 drugs from the market? Did they go to every media outlet they could think of with a list of the brand and generic names of these drugs so that the public would be made aware of the danger they’re in? Did they indict the FDA for the fraud that it is in allowing these lethal weapons to be put on the market in the first place?
No, no, and definitely not.
Instead, they suggested that these risks can be managed “if we start to pay attention.” Attention to what, exactly? And who are they asking to pay attention? I think the people experiencing the adverse effects are well aware of their problems, thank you. Now how about the physicians that dole out prescriptions for these drugs like they’re Halloween candy?
Their other suggestion? Creating a better system to manage adverse drug effects. Now THAT could work. And I’ve got the perfect system for them — one that already has thousands of years of proven safety and efficacy behind it.
It’s called natural medicine.
“Injuries, deaths tied to consumer drugs rise sharply,” HealthDay (www.healthday.com), 9/10/07
“Reported serious and fatal adverse drug events more than doubled between 1998 and 2005,” Medscape Medical News, 9/10/07
“Serious Adverse Drug Events Reported to the Food and Drug Administration, 1998- 2005,” Arch Intern Med. 2007; 167(16): 1,752-1,759.