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30 years, 20 per cent of drugs approved by the FDA were later classified as "BAD Drugs", meaning that they were later withdrawn from the market or given a black box warning.(1)(2) Why does the FDA approve risky drugs which end up being banned?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
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.