Deadly Pharma Drugs Setting Records

Most people have heard by now that opiate-based painkillers such as hydrocodone and oxycontin, both prescribed and abused, kill more people in a year than auto accidents. And these Pharma drugs have long caused more fatalities than all illegal drugs combined. Those records aren’t so new anymore.So why do the fatalities continue to increase?

And now there’s a new kid on the block, a blood-thinner called Pradaxa, which was promoted to be far superior to the popular Coumadin. As it turned out,Pradaxa indeed set a not-so-good new record. Since it was introduced it has been associated with more adverse event reports than any drug on the market–over 3,700 reports of problems in 2011, including 2,300 cases of hemorrhages and 542 patient deaths, according to the Institute for Safe Medication Practices.At the end of the year, the FDA released a drug safety ‘communication’ saying that they would begin “evaluating” Pradaxa side effects.

Nearly all drugs produce side effects, many of them dangerous. Cholesterol drugs such as Lipitor and Crestor are among the most over-prescribed. It seems that Americans (including 2.8 million children, according to Consumer Reports) have been convinced that they need medication if their LDL is a little high, or even if it MIGHT get high.But ALL statins cause muscle breakdown and frequently result in weakness, dizziness, pain and arthritis. Public Citizen calls Crestor a DO NOT USE.

Sleep aid drugs such as Ambien, Lunesta and Sonata are now said to be as risky as smoking cigarettes. A study published in the British Medical Journal found that people taking 132 pills a year had a five-fold higher risk of death and a 35 times higher risk for cancer. Choose a natural alternative instead, or enjoy a hot bath and some soft music.

Seizure drugs such as Lyrica, Topomax and Lamictal are other dangerous over-prescribed drugs. The FDA issued a warning for aseptic meningitis, or brain inflammation, of Lamictal, a favorite drug of military doctors for pain and migraine. All these seizure drugs INCREASE the risk of suicidal thoughts and behaviors, so why do they continue to be prescribed for soldiers who are already burdened with severe stress and setting suicide records?

The list could go on and on–diabetes drugs, arthritis drugs, chemotherapy drugs, ADD/ADHD medications, beta blockers, anti-inflammatories. There are Pharma drugs for every ill, real or imagined,and they all have one thing in common–the most creative and high-pressure marketing the world has ever seen.

What we need in the U.S. is a well-publicized study such as the one done in France by two brave medical professionals and reported in the mainstream press throughout Europe in September, 2012. Professor Philippe Even, director of the prestigious Necker Institute, and Bernard Debre, a doctor and member of Parliament wrote a 900-page book entitled ‘The Guide to the 4,000 Useful, Useless or Dangerous Medicines.’

Even told the Guardian.co.uk that “The pharmaceutical industry is the most lucrative, the most cynical and the least ethical of all the industries. It is like an octopus with tentacles that have penetrated all the decision-making bodies, world health organizations, governments, parliaments, high administrations in health and hospitals and the medical profession….It has become interested in only the immediate, in short term gains. On Wall Street, the pharmaceutical industry is third after petrol and banking, and each year it increases by 20 percent. It’s more profitable than mining for diamonds.”

Among the most prescribed drugs listed as “completely useless” are statins.According to the authors, by removing “superfluous and hazardous” drugs from the list of those paid by the French health service it would save up to 8 billion pounds a year and prevent 20,000 deaths linked to the medications and reduce hospital admissions by 100,000.

We are not France, but we are certainly over-prescribing a lot of dangerous drugs that seem to be easy to obtain whether prescribed or not. The increasing Pharma-related fatalities speak for themselves. Two things that are needed is for more people to educate themselves and to demand that their federal and local health agencies do more than “communicate” and “issue’ and “”warn” and focus on REAL issues.

In other words, raw milk is not the problem.

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