Before You Take That Pill: Why the Drug Industry May Be Bad by J. Douglas Bremner

By J. Douglas Bremner

A health worker unearths hazards of the main in most cases prescribed drugs-and why the drug does not wish shoppers to understand approximately them. fresh scandals regarding diabetes medicines, Vioxx, and plenty of different drugs demonstrate the intense and undisclosed dangers of a few of the main normal prescribed drugs during this kingdom. In sooner than you are taking That capsule, Dr. J. Douglas Bremner, a researcher and clinician at Emory college whose examine on Accutane and melancholy made headlines, deals an within examine the pharmaceutical undefined, in addition to a scientifically sponsored evaluation of the dangers of greater than 300 prescribed drugs, supplementations, and supplementations. whereas many medicinal drugs are necessary to the overall healthiness of shoppers, as Dr. Bremner explains, for lots of humans, the advantages won't outweigh the capability unwanted side effects. This ebook comprises warnings that aren't at the drug labels. It additionally exposes tips of the exchange that show how the profit-making pursuits of "big pharma" would possibly not continually be in keeping with the protection of the general public - from the corruption that exists within the drug approval strategy to the strategies drug businesses use to motivate medical professionals to prescribe their items. most crucial, ahead of you're taking That tablet empowers readers via giving them sound info on particular medicinal drugs to allow them to comprehend and weigh the capability danger themselves. sponsored by way of the most recent reviews, in addition to perception from a physician who's within the trenches, this e-book could be at the shelf of each drug client.

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6 After these studies were published, Pfizer initially argued with the results. Nevertheless, on October 14, 2004, as reported in the New York Times on October 16, 2004 (Reed Abelson, “Pfizer Warns of Risks from Its Painkiller”), it sent a ‘Dear Doctor’ letter to health-care professionals warning of the possible risk of heart attack with Bextra. Bextra also has been associated with rare occurrences of Stevens-Johnson syndrome, a potentially fatal condition involving blistering all over the skin, mouth, and eyes.

There was some truth to that claim. At that time it could take up to two years to gain drug approval, two years too long if you were suffering from HIV-AIDS. Throughout the 1980s, AIDS activists and patients echoed the drug companies’ sentiments, complaining that it was taking too long to bring disease-fighting drugs to market. The pharmaceutical industry lent a sympathetic ear and a loud voice to calls for speeding up the approval of AIDS drugs such as Agenerase (amprenavir). Since drugs are on patent for a limited number of years, every year spent waiting for approval from the FDA means losing a year of profits.

If they complete eight studies, only two of which show that the drug is better than the placebo, the drug has fulfilled the requirement, notwithstanding the six failures. Because the drug companies are required to show only that a drug is more effective than no medication at all, we usually never know whether it is better than an older drug that the new version seeks to replace. It is usually left to marketing people to generate enthusiasm through TV ads, product-representative visits to doctors’ offices, and sponsored lectures, and to convince practitioners and their patients that the new drug is safer or better than the old drug.

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