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Thursday, September 02, 2010

More Dangers in FDA Approved Drug

The topic of problematic FDA approved drugs has been covered by Natural Health News for more than 20 years.  It seems as if there is no stopping this train. Many articles can be found here, using "search".

Why Medication Can Be Dangerous to Your Health from Dr. Leo Galland

Did you know that the majority of FDA approved drugs have serious potential side effects that were not detected before marketing approval?
That about three quarters of a million people a year are rushed to emergency rooms in the U.S. because of adverse drug reactions, according to the CDC?
That the number of medication-related deaths in the U.S. is estimated at over 200,000 a year, making medications the third or fourth leading cause of death in this country?
That even common pain relievers called NSAIDs, examples of which include Advil, Motrin, Aleve and aspirin, account for an estimated 7,600 deaths and 76,000 hospitalizations in the U. S. every year? 
NEW YORK – Editors of a top medical journal call Meridia "another flawed diet pill" and question whether it should stay on the market as a study shows it raises the risk of heart attack and stroke in people with heart problems.
The strongly worded editorial comes two weeks before government advisers review the prescription drug, which has already been pulled in Europe. In January, U.S. drug regulators strengthened existing warnings that the appetite suppressant should not be used by those with a history of heart trouble.
In Thursday's issue, the editors of the New England Journal of Medicine noted that the latest study showed weight loss with Meridia was minimal, it didn't improve cardiovascular health, and those with heart disease fared worse.
"It is difficult to discern a credible rationale for keeping this medication on the market," they wrote.
The editorial — with a headline calling the drug "another flawed diet pill" — was published along with the findings of the study conducted in Europe, Latin America and Australia.
And from MoJo we have some of the same sentiments -

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