Are Your Medicines Safe?

Although this article is about the FDA in the USA, I somehow doubt that England has escaped similar problems. Money has had a particularly corrosive effect not only on the integrity of medical science but also on the integrity of our academic research institutions. And Yes, I am a cynical old geezer and becoming more so every day as more articles like this one keep coming out. PR

slate.com/articles/health_a...

"That misconduct happens isn’t shocking. What is: When the FDA finds scientific fraud or misconduct, the agency doesn’t notify the public, the medical establishment, or even the scientific community that the results of a medical experiment are not to be trusted. On the contrary. For more than a decade, the FDA has shown a pattern of burying the details of misconduct. As a result, nobody ever finds out which data is bogus, which experiments are tainted, and which drugs might be on the market under false pretenses. The FDA has repeatedly hidden evidence of scientific fraud not just from the public, but also from its most trusted scientific advisers, even as they were deciding whether or not a new drug should be allowed on the market. Even a congressional panel investigating a case of fraud regarding a dangerous drug couldn't get forthright answers. For an agency devoted to protecting the public from bogus medical science, the FDA seems to be spending an awful lot of effort protecting the perpetrators of bogus science from the public."

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  • It is very sad that money and politics are bedfellows but ever it has been in one way or another. There does not seem to be a real armslength agency protecting the public interest.

    It's the same with agriculture/health: eat grains. Eat more grains. Eat lots and lots of grains. Oh, look at you, you big fat glutton.... you have high cholesterol, high blood pressure, heart disease! Here, take these: statins, diabetic meds.... blah blah... and do make sure you eat your bazillion servings of grains every day, you cow.

    Every farmer knows that to fatten up chickens, geese, ducks, pigs and cows you give them lots of grain. Then, lo and behold, it's some sort of miracle that humans get fat by eating the same stuff? The only difference is animals make money, humans cost money. We slaughter the animals before they end up with chronic disease.

  • I read the entire article and am on the band wagon with you. This is the thing that makes me afraid to take any medicines at all. It would be nice if we could trust but it is not possible. I stay as medicine free as I can.

  • Thanks for posting PR. We need more truth out in the open such as this.

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