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In Big Pharma World
Usually, more is spent on advertising, lobbying, and marketing, than is actually spent on Research and Development. No wonder most of these drugs don’t work or have dangerous side-effects that outweigh the benefits.
The FDA and Advertising Drugs
People mistakenly believe that the FDA reviews all ads before they are released and allows only the safest and most effective drugs to be promoted directly to the public.
TV PHARMACEUTICAL ADS
From 1996 to 2000, spending rose from $791 million to nearly $ 2.5 billion. This $2.5 billion represents only 15% of the ANNUAL total.
AND THE TOTAL IS: 16 .6 BILLION
From 2005 through June 2006 drug companies spent $155 million lobbying the federal government.
The drug industry fielded about 1,100 lobbyists in each of the last two years.
Are Drugs Safe?
Out of 198 drugs approved by the FDA between 1976 and 1985 . . .
102 (or 51.5%) had serious post-approval risks. The serious post-approval risks (included) heart failure, myocardial infarction, anaphylaxis, respiratory depression and arrest, seizures, kidney and liver failure, severe blood disorders, birth defects, fetal toxicity, and blindness.
Tomorrow’s Drug Addicts:
According to JAMA, the Journal of the American Medical Association, “Ritalin® acts much like cocaine.”
Moreover, a whole generation of antidepressant users has been created from young people growing up on Ritalin®.
As adults, these medicated youth reach for alcohol, drugs, or even street drugs to cope (45)
A Requiem For the OTA
What was OTA? The U.S. Office of Technology Assessment (OTA)
But why was it shut down in 1995?
THE OTA’S EVALUATION OF MRI
American College of Physicians assessed MRI studies and rated 13 out of 17 trials as “weak” – meaning the absence of any studies on therapeutic impact or patient outcomes.
The OAT concludes that, “It is evident that hospitals, physician-entrepreneurs, and medical device manufacturers have approached MRI and CT as commodities with high-profit potential “
THE OTA’S EVALUATION OF CT
There is little information available on how CT scan improves or affects patient outcome.
In some institutions up to 90% of scans performed were negative.
Approval by the FDA was not required for CT scanners.
No evidence of safety or efficacy was required.
THE OTA’S EVALUATION OF THE FDA
- The FDA was created to ensure the safety and efficacy of drugs, biologics, and medical devices.
- The FDA does not consider costs of therapy.
- The FDA does not consider the effectiveness of a therapy.
- The FDA does not consider non-drug alternatives for a given clinical problem.
- Drug development costs $200 million to bring a new drug to the market. AIDS-drug interest groups forced new regulations that speed up the approval process.
- Such drugs should be subject to greater post-marketing surveillance requirements. Many argue that reductions in the pre-approval testing of drugs opens the possibility of significant undiscovered toxicities
When you speak the truth, it seems you get shut down, even if you’re a Government Agency.
FDA chief fined for fraud
Former Food and Drug Administration chief Lester Crawford was fined about $90,000 for lying about stock he owned in companies his agency regulated.
uch as Embrex Inc. and Pepsico Inc
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