Over the last 30 years, 20 per cent of drugs approved by the FDA were later classified as "BAD Drugs", meaning that they were later withdrawn from the market or given a black box warning.(1)(2) Why does the FDA approve risky drugs which end up being banned?
Above Image: Charles Pfizer Image Courtesy of Wikipedia.
The FDA Can't Protect You From Bad Drugs
David Graham MD, Director of Drug Safety at the FDA uttered his famous phrase during Congressional testimony November 2004 "The FDA is incapable of protecting the American Public against another Vioxx".(5)(6)(7)(8)
Here are the early warning signs:
1) The drug has been recalled or given a black box warning.
2) The drug is in litigation with numerous lawsuits against the drug company.
Listing of Drugs which have black box warnings:
This lengthy list involves literally hundreds of drugs, so Click Here for the list.(9)
Partial Listing of Recalled or Banned drugs: Baycol, Bextra, Colchicine, Complete Moisture Plus, Duract, Duragesic, Fentanyl Patch, Ephedra, Fen-Phen, Hismanal, Lotromex, Palladone, Permax, Pondimen, Posicor, Propulsid, Raplon, Raxar, Redux, Renu Moisture Loc Lens Solution, Rezulin, Seldane, Tysabri, Vioxx, Zelnorm (10)(11).
Consumer Reports listing of risky drugs: Click Here (12).
Drug Litigation may be Our Only Protection from Bad Drugs
Do you like lawyers? If you asked me if I liked lawyers, I would laugh and tell you a few lawyer jokes. One of my favorites is, "How do you tell the difference between a lawyer and a sperm? The answer is: the sperm has a one in 10 million chance of becoming a human being". In spite of the jokes, and since the FDA can't protect us, lawyers and drug litigation may be our last protection from bad drugs. Drug litigation by lawyers gives us an early warning sign about a bad drug. Drug litigation can uncover secret information about adverse drug side effects which drug companies hide from the public (13).
Computer Search Engine Listing of Drugs in Litigation. Click Here for Unsafe drugs in litigation (1.5 Million hits).(14)
The following is my short list of drugs currently in litigation.
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