Prescription drugs kill some 200,000 Americans every year

Discussion in 'Politics' started by bearice, Apr 17, 2011.

  1. Prescription drugs kill some 200,000 Americans every year. "The doctor is to be feared more than the disease."----Latin proverb
  2. Savant


    Wow, that's a lot!

    Do you have a source for that, so we can read about it, or was this another Jesus/George Bush thing?
  3. Eat a healthy, natural diet and get exercise that is reasonable and safe. That is 95% of heath.

    Never go to the hospital unless you need a broken bone set (emergency care) or have a serious disease.

    All these stupid drugs... What they do not tell you is that healthy, plant based diet and a few asprin a day works better to solve hearth problems than all the "pills" they come up with that cost a fortune.

    It is allot like the govt backed mortgage industry. Very few would need a huge loan if Government back loans and cheap money had not been used to drive the prices way up over the great credit inflation of the last 40 years.

    I am convinced 90% of healthcare is big fat joke. I went to a hospital a while back and saw all these ugly, fat, obese morons lined up to get their "care". I wanted to scream at them, "HEY FATSO, LOSE 200LBS and stop bankrupting the system!!!"

    A healthy Diet is the true health miracle.
  4. JDL


    good, america is full of pill heads
  5. Lucrum


    You should have, shouted I mean.
  6. I think medicines is $140 billion to $160 billion per year industry in USA.
  7. Hospitals are some of the most expensive places on Earth with expensive medical machines and procedures.

    Medicines save lives. Why do they charge money for medicines?

    Many millions of people worldwide have lost their family members because they could not provide expensive medicines and treatments to their family.

    Many doctors consider their profession as a means to earn rich money.
  8. maxpi


    just try to tell people about healthy food and supplements... what an uphill battle, the fat morons don't give a rat's ass if they are fat or morons so let them slip away, let them enrich the medical system ,there is little to nothing that can be done about them other than to take away all their shitty foods and corner them into eating good stuff... and they still won't take supplements...
  9. The chilling article on drugs killing Americans can be located here:

    Drug companies are outsourcing their drug testing, beyond the reach of the FDA.

    From the article:

    Once upon a time, the drugs Americans took to treat chronic diseases, clear up infections, improve their state of mind, and enhance their sexual vitality were tested primarily either in the United States (the vast majority of cases) or in Europe. No longer. As recently as 1990, according to the inspector general of the Department of Health and Human Services,a mere 271 trials were being conducted in foreign countries of drugs intended for American use. By 2008, the number had risen to 6,485—an increase of more than 2,000 percent. A database being compiled by the National Institutes of Health has identified 58,788 such trials in 173 countries outside the United States since 2000. In 2008 alone, according to the inspector general’s report, 80 percent of the applications submitted to the F.D.A. for new drugs contained data from foreign clinical trials. Increasingly, companies are doing 100 percent of their testing offshore. The inspector general found that the 20 largest U.S.-based pharmaceutical companies now conducted “one-third of their clinical trials exclusively at foreign sites.” All of this is taking place when more drugs than ever—some 2,900 different drugs for some 4,600 different conditions—are undergoing clinical testing and vying to come to market.

    One big factor in the shift of clinical trials to foreign countries is a loophole in F.D.A. regulations: if studies in the United States suggest that a drug has no benefit, trials from abroad can often be used in their stead to secure F.D.A. approval. There’s even a term for countries that have shown themselves to be especially amenable when drug companies need positive data fast: they’re called “rescue countries.” Rescue countries came to the aid of Ketek, the first of a new generation of widely heralded antibiotics to treat respiratory-tract infections. Ketek was developed in the 1990s by Aventis Pharmaceuticals, now Sanofi-Aventis. In 2004—on April Fools’ Day, as it happens—the F.D.A. certified Ketek as safe and effective. The F.D.A.’s decision was based heavily on the results of studies in Hungary, Morocco, Tunisia, and Turkey.

    The approval came less than one month after a researcher in the United States was sentenced to 57 months in prison for falsifying her own Ketek data. Dr. Anne Kirkman-Campbell, of Gadsden, Alabama, seemingly never met a person she couldn’t sign up to participate in a drug trial. She enrolled more than 400 volunteers, about 1 percent of the town’s adult population, including her entire office staff. In return, she collected $400 a head from Sanofi-Aventis. It later came to light that the data from at least 91 percent of her patients was falsified. (Kirkman-Campbell was not the only troublesome Aventis researcher. Another physician, in charge of the third-largest Ketek trial site, was addicted to cocaine. The same month his data was submitted to the F.D.A. he was arrested while holding his wife hostage at gunpoint.) Nonetheless, on the basis of overseas trials, Ketek won approval.
    #10     Apr 18, 2011