The Pharmaceutical "Dirty Dozen": 12 Drugs That Should Never Have Been Put on the Market
Drug safety is a major problem in this country and is only getting worse, with adverse drug reactions resulting in the deaths of an estimated 20,000 Americans last year alone. (There are some who believe that this number may be even higher, due to selective misreporting of causes of death.)
We all remember such drug disasters as Fen-Phen, Vioxx and Avandia, but what other drugs are among the top offenders? In this article, natural health expert author and talk radio host, Gary Null, along with Jeremy Stillman, compiled a list of what they consider to be the “dirty dozen” of pharmaceutical drugs — or as they put it, “drugs that an honest and diligent FDA would never have allowed to be released on the market.”
The Food and Drug Administration is mandated with the responsibility to ensure that our foods and medications are safe and effective. Hence, when a physician, primary health care provider or pharmacist provides a consumer with these medications, there is a fundamental belief that these work and will do minimal harm. Then we meet reality. The FDA has not only allowed extraordinarily inefficient, extremely toxic drugs onto the market, but then has ran interference on behalf of pharmaceutical companies and other special interests to protect their profits instead of immediately withdrawing their drugs from the market.
The consequence of eating at a restaurant you don’t like is that you won’t go back again. The consequence of taking a toxic drug is injury or death. The FDA has a long history of allowing deadly drugs to be promoted and marketed. The FDA has not sought prosecution when prima facie evidence proves that the manufacturers and their scientists, boards of directors and marketers knew all along that these drugs did not work as claimed or had dangerous side effects that they withheld from the FDA. These companies have engaged in overtly criminal activities and instead of ending up in prison or bankrupt, no one is held accountable. Bonuses are given and the value of their corporate holdings goes up — it’s all part of the cost of doing business today.
This article is to show you clear and exact examples of lethal and harmful drugs that should never have been marketed — some of which are still available to consumers. They are drugs that an honest and diligent FDA would never have allowed to be released on the market. Cumulatively, tens of thousands of Americans have died and hundreds of thousands more have been injured. And the standard penalty meted out for such criminality? Pay a fine. Smile. You got out of jail free.