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    Default Unexamined Drug Epidemic--the Elephant No One Wants to See (adverse effects)

    Vera Sharav
    Friday, 22 June 2012

    “Prescription drug therapy stands as one of the most significant perils to health resulting from human activity.” What's the FDA doing to stem the tide of this preventable epidemic?

    Prescription drugs are the 4th leading cause of death in the US. In any given month, 48% of US consumers ingested a prescription drug, and 11% ingested five or more prescription drugs. Americans suffer from an estimated 45-50 million adverse effects, from prescription drugs--of which 2.5 million to 4 million are serious, disabling or fatal.
    [ QuarterWatch , May 2012 ]

    So what is the FDA--the agency that licenses these drugs--doing to stem the rising tide of this preventable deadly epidemic? NOTHING.

    The FDA does not even monitor its own adverse event report database, MedWatch. Neither government agencies charged with setting healthcare policies, nor major stakeholders in medicine, are monitoring drug safety to identify which prescribed drugs are causing most serious harm. No one in authority is doing anything to prevent the escalating number of preventable human casualties.

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    Honestly I'm surprised the figure isn't 60% or higher for people taking an Rx daily.

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