Prescription For Disaster
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If the headline above startles you, it should, considering those were the very
same sentiments voiced yesterday by Dr. David Graham to the House Subcommittee
on Oversight and Investigations, investigating the FDA's seeming inability to
approve newer, safer drugs and provide better post-marketing monitoring.
The meeting came one day after the FDA finally announced major labeling changes
to Ketek, a deadly antibiotic whose very debatable safety is defended as
legitimate by Sanofi-Aventis, even though one often-cited study includes
fabricated data. Now, Ketek is only approved to treat pneumonia, and not
bronchitis or sinus problems.
By the way, one doctor who once worked for the FDA's Center for Drug Evaluation
and Research (CDER) told the panel he had warned the agency about the
life-threatening effects of Ketek to a patient's liver but his superiors had
forced him to tone down his criticisms, prior to the drug's approval.
Unfortunately, the agency's Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER) still
treats the pharmaceutical industry as if it were the FDA's main client, Graham
says. So there's no more reason today than two years ago to believe the FDA will
ever get drug safety right.
Your best and safest bet: Taking ownership of your own health.
Prescription for Disaster is an in-depth investigation into the symbiotic
relationships between the pharmaceutical industry, the FDA, lobbyists,
lawmakers, medical schools, and researchers, and the impact this has on
consumers and their health care. During this thorough investigation, we take a
close look at patented drugs, why they are so readily prescribed by doctors, the
role insurance companies and HMO's play in promoting compliance, and the problem
of rising health care costs. We examine the marketing and public relations
efforts on behalf of the pharmaceutical companies, including sales reps, medical
journals and conferences. Further, we look at alternatives to traditional
pharmacology and drug therapy, such as vitamins and nutritional supplements, and
why they are often perceived as a competitive threat to the drug manufacturers.
Alternative therapies also include diet, exercise and a healthy lifestyle.
Prescription for Disaster takes you on a journey through the tangled web of big
business, the way disease is treated today, and the consequences we suffer as a