Thursday, August 28, 2008

About the FDA

About the FDA

FDA Science and Mission at Risk
An FDA Science Board report states that the nation's public health is at risk, as are the regulatory systems that oversee the nation's drug and device supplies.

Death by Medicine
The American medical system is found to be the leading cause of death and injury in the United States.

U.S. Reports of Death, Side Effects from Prescription Drugs Triple
The number of deaths and serious injuries from prescription and over-the-counter drugs climbed from 34,966 to 89,842, according to a report in a September 2007 issue of Archives of Internal Medicine.,2933,296427,00.html

Studies Show FDA-Approved Drugs Don't Work and Cause Other Health Issues
Popular cholesterol-lowering drug Vytorin does not prevent heart disease. And the drug Avandia, widely used to lower diabetics' blood sugar levels, increases the risk of heart attacks.

Drugs the FDA Says You Can't Have
Americans suffer and die even though effective drugs to treat their diseases are approved in other countries. The public is generally aware that novel drugs are sold in Europe and Japan, but intense lobbying by the pharmaceutical industry has blocked the wide-scale availability of these better medications.

FDA Relies on Drug Company Research to Determine Product Safety
The FDA claims that the drugs it approves are "safe" by merely reviewing studies conducted by the drug company requesting government approval.

FDA Decides Not to Approve Prostate Cancer Drug
Despite an approval recommendation by its own advisory panel, the FDA declines approval for Provenge, a new drug designed to extend the lives of patients with advanced prostate cancer by stimulating their immune systems.

FDA Claims Bisphenol-A in Plastic Bottles Not a Health Hazard
Although the Health and Human Services report that BPA may alter human development, the FDA has decided that BPA found in baby bottles, food can linings, and hard plastic bottles is safe. Environmental groups are critical of FDA's analysis, which they argue are based on studies funded by industry. "It's ironic FDA would choose to ignore dozens of studies funded by (the National Institutes of Health) -- this country's best scientists -- and instead rely on flawed studies from industry," Pete Myers, chief scientist for Environmental Health Sciences.

The FDA versus Folic Acid
While multiple scientific journal articles point to the health benefits from folic acid, including reducing the incidence of health attack and stroke, the FDA refuses to accept that folic acid has any benefit other than preventing a certain type of birth defect.

FDA Approves Wrong Drug Plant
The Chinese facility that supplies the active ingredient of the widely used blood thinner heparin was never inspected by the Food and Drug Administration because the agency confused its name with another just like it, agency officials said yesterday.

FDA Delays Requiring Cipro Warning
FDA waited nearly two years to call for its most urgent safety warning on Cipro and other antibiotics. In 2006 it had evidence that these drugs may lead to tendon ruptures, a serious injury that can leave patients incapacitated and needing extensive surgery, but ordered a "black box" warning in July 2008.,2933,378102,00.html

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