Does ‘FDA Approved’ Mean ‘Safe?’ Are You Willing to Bet Your Life on it?

About 300 U.S. citizens died yesterday by taking prescription drugs. Another 300 will die tomorrow. You won’t hear anything about these poor folks. What you will hear, is all the yammering about the measles “epidemic.”

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It is estimated that legal pharmaceuticals kill 1,500-2,000 citizens each week in this country. Yet they keep right on selling, just like any other product with a healthy profit margin. On this site we monitor the prescription drug mania, as well as the behavior of those who over-prescribe them, and the FDA who approves them. We post what we learn about the dangers facing Americans today as they take drugs prescribed by doctors and dispensed by pharmacies and clinics, dentists and hospitals.

Over the years we have worked with NBC’s Dateline investigations on several entirely outrageous medical-legal cases. Most recently, in 2012, we examined the seriously flawed drug study industry – the most preposterous of which exist in India:

“To test the integrity of those unregulated companies, Dateline set up a fictitious pharmaceutical company called Malum Kinetics. The company was little more than a $13-a-month homemade website, a post office box address in New York, business cards, cell phones and an answering machine. “

http://investigations.nbcnews.com/_news/2012/03/04/10562883-in-india-oversight-lacking-in-outsourced-drug-trials?lite

Next time you pop a pill into your mouth, think about this: potential drugs sent to the Federal Drug Administration for approval are “required” to be extensively tested – first in laboratories, then on animals. Lastly, they are tested on humans who volunteer to be subjects on these not-yet-approved chemical mixes. These are called “drug trials.” Possibly you’ve seen TV ads in search of volunteers.

All of which leads to the ugly subject of foreign country drug trial outsourcing. It is commonplace for the drug cartels to find other folks to actually do their drug trials. Why would that be?

The lengthy process of achieving FDA approval is far quicker and cheaper that way, and the under-educated don’t ask many questions about the little matter called “risk.” In some countries setting up an unregulated shop as a drug trial middleman is a cottage industry, where millions of dollars annually can be made.   Doing your drug trials overseas is a huge advantage to the cartels, who can, and do, pay foreign scam operators to do the testing on their own vulnerable people, with considerably less oversight than in the U.S.

So the drug cartels that we all know and love pay people off and get the test results they need to impress the FDA. They don’t have to get their hands dirty by running the tests, or finding the volunteers, or dealing with the sticky matter of clearing the poor volunteers under foreign law. When the volunteers get sick and die, they can pretend they know nothing about it.

Too often, the poor volunteers will say and do anything to get into these scam trials because they are living in poverty and need cash to survive. It is commonplace too, for them to sign up for several trials at the same time, which absolutely ruins any true assessment of the trial. When you are destitute you are scarcely concerned about future health risks, or how the dovetailing tests might skew test results.

What this means to you as a consumer- and we strongly suggest you watch Dateline’s report for details here – is that some drugs you may well be taking ought never be trusted in the first place.

Bottom line: Believing that a drug is “safe” simply because it is FDA-approved might well be your death sentence. Many, many drugs are initially approved and are subsequently pulled from the shelves years later after enough people are seriously injured or killed.

How many of us are killed by measles?

Why don’t you ask your doctor?

Here’s more:

http://www.collective-evolution.com/2013/05/07/death-by-prescription-drugs-is-a-growing-problem/

 

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Ever Heard of the NICB? Probably Not. Pity

 

See what a veteran Paramedic has to say
See what a veteran Paramedic has to say

“The Paramedic Heretic”

We have sadly progressed (read – deteriorated) to the point in these United States where the National Insurance Crime Bureau (located on the web under NICB.org) sees fit to distribute full-color brochures on how to keep an eye out for bad doctors. Focusing on employees injured on the job and in need of treatment, these brochures assist the workers in identifying and sidestepping medical scammers who rake in millions by taking advantage of the Workers’ Compensation system. These organized crime groups committing health care fraud are referred to as “Medical Mills.” And they have become so widespread that 60 Minutes recently did an investigative piece on them.

A recent U. S. Government flyer, entitled Fraud Solutions Now, details such swindles as the “doctor-lawyer conspiracy”; the “inflation of billing charges by clinics deliberately miscoding diagnoses”; and “bogus treatment claims by greedy physicians.”

You know, like hooligan collision repair shops do.

The NICB posts an anonymous Hotline for those who suspect medical fraud:

1-800-TEL-NICB

The NICB also offers monetary rewards to whistleblowers for valid information on doctor crooks.

Just makes you proud to be an American, doesn’t it?

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The Paramedic Parallel Universe? Read the “Paramedic Heretic”

“As long as American medicine is allowed to hide its demons, it is naïve – more, it is stupid – for a populace to view its practitioners and managers as invariably altruistic.

Make no mistake. The gallimaufry of medicine has always engendered a fertile ground for capitalistic predators. It provides terrific niches for off-the-chart sociopaths. And too many of us who are not, have become ingeniously adept at hiding those who are. Paramedics are particularly guilty of willful ignorance. I should know. For decades, my silence cloaked as many scoundrels as anybody’s.”

(Excerpt, “The Paramedic Heretic”)

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“We are indebted to Mr. McDonald’s research, as well as numerous
extraordinary cases brought to our attention over the years.”
David Muir and Elizabeth Vargas, Investigative Reporters
ABC’s 20/20 News Magazine

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“From ego-errors and tomfoolery, to greed, stupidity and murder – I’ve laughed and cried at McDonald’s astutely biting, at times hysterical view of my peer-group. His observations are disturbing, provocative and when you least expect it, uncomfortably funny.”

Lesley Miller, MD retired (former “Surgeon to the Stars”) USC School of Medicine, Los Angeles

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“We’re not here to denigrate health care workers. They have dedicated their lives to treating human suffering and they’re overworked. But I happen to be a pilot as well as an actor, and I can promise you there is a reason that flying a commercial airliner today is safer than hospitals. It’s because when an air accident happens, the NTSB jumps on it instantly and does not quit until they figure out what happened. They hide nothing. Warts and all, they make their findings public. That is exactly what Mr. McDonald does; exactly what health care in America desperately needs.

These things have got to change.”

Dennis Quaid, Actor, Health Care Activist Created the Quaid Foundation, after his twins babies nearly died from an accidental overdose in a hospital

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