Trust me, I am a Doctor…

 

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Image: “Trust me I am a doctor” by Christian Liesch

“Risky Drugs: Why the FDA Cannot be Trusted” -by Donald W. Light

“A forthcoming article for the special issue of the Journal of Law, Medicine and Ethics (JLME)…presents evidence that about 90 percent of all new drugs approved by the FDA over the past 30 years are little or no more effective than existing drugs.”

“The bar for “safe” is equally low, and over the past 30 years, approved drugs have caused an epidemic of harmful side effects, even when properly prescribed. Every week, about 53,000 excess hospitalizations and about 2400 excess deaths occur in the United States among people taking properly prescribed drugs to be healthier. One in every five drugs approved ends up causing serious harm, while one in ten provide substantial benefit compared to existing, established drugs. This is the opposite of what people want or expect from the FDA.” -Donald W. Light, Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics, Harvard University, July 17, 2013