Prescription drugs, taken as prescribed (according to FDA guidelines), are the third leading cause of death in American (according to THEIR figures which could easily be tampered with to keep the figures lower than what they really are). This article will help you to see why we are seeing such a large number of deaths as a result of the FDA’s policies.
Another FDA whistleblower has stepped forward, and what he has to say about the agency’s drug safety reviews is shocking even to the jaded reports my friend Dr. Joesph Mercola. This article is an alarming wake up call for those who have been under the assumption that the FDA has the public safety in mind & is busy protecting our health & safety.
Learn how the FDA bypassed or ignored safety issues on major drug approvals from Ronald Kavanagh, who was a drug reviewer for the FDA in the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research from 1998 to 2008
He reveals some of the internal rules of the FDA that are clearly designed to thwart serious safety reviews from the get-go, and other loopholes frequently used by drug companies to circumvent safety investigations
Five years ago, a Subcommittee on Science and Technology report entitled “FDA Science and Mission at Risk” detailed how the FDA cannot fulfill its mission, in part because its scientific base has eroded and its scientific organizational structure is weak
The subcommittee concluded the FDA’s failures place the health of Americans and the financial health of the nation at grave risk
On September 13, 2004 Mark Taylor, the first boy shot at Columbine High School, stood before the FDA and asked them where their protection was the day he and his classmates were shot. He then told them that if they had been doing their jobs Columbine would have never happened. You will find his testimony before the FDA Advisory Committee on the safety of antidepressants in children chilling:
“I am Mark Allen Taylor and I am a victim of the SSRI antidepressant era. I took six to thirteen bullets in the heart area in the Columbine High School shooting when Eric Harris on Luvox opened fire that now infamous day. They almost had to amputate my leg and my arm. My heart missed by only one millimeter. I had three surgeries. Five years later I am still recuperating.
“I went through all this to realize that SSRI antidepressants are dangerous for those who take them and for all those who associate with those who take them. I hope that my testimony today shows you that you need to take action immediately before more innocent people like me, and you, do not get hurt or die horrible deaths as a result. As Americans we should have the right to feel safe and if you were doing your job we would be safe. Why are we worrying about terrorists in other countries when the pharmaceutical companies have proven to be our biggest terrorists by releasing these drugs on an unsuspecting public? How are we suppose to feel safe at school, at home, on the street, at church or anywhere else if we cannot trust the FDA to do what we are paying you to do? Where were you when I and all of my classmates got shot at Columbine?
“You say that antidepressants are effective. So why did they not help Eric Harris before he shot me? According to Eric they “helped” him to feel homicidal and suicidal after only six weeks on Zoloft. And then he said that dropping off Luvox cold turkey would help him “fuel the rage” he needed to shoot everyone. But he continued on Luvox and shot us all anyway.
“So, why did these so called antidepressants not make him better? I will tell you why. It is because they do not work.
“We should consider antidepressants to be accomplices to murder.”
Former FDA Reviewer Speaks Out About Suppression of Safety:
According to FDA whistleblower Ronald Kavanagh people would be shocked if they knew just how malleable safety data is. As examples, he points out that human studies are typically too short and contain too few subjects to get a clear picture of potential risks. In such a scenario, even a single case of a serious adverse event must be taken very seriously, and data from other longer term safety studies also need to be carefully analyzed. [This “even a single case of a serious adverse event must be taken very seriously” was our reasoning in putting the SSRIstories.com database in place. We did not want even one of these tragic cases to go unnoticed!]
The nation is at risk if FDA science is at risk…
“On one occasion, the company even told me they were going to call upper management to get a clear requirement for approval that they did not want to fulfill eliminated, which I then saw happen. On another occasion a company clearly stated in a meeting that they had “paid for an approval,” Kavanagh says.
Pediatric drugs also end up posing unnecessary risks due to the FDA’s failure to adequately review safety risks, and the many scientific loopholes employed by pharmaceutical companies. For example, the following flawed parameters are typically used in pediatric drug studies:
Dosages are based on approved adult dosages, without regard for metabolic differences between a developing child’s body and an adult
Exposure studies oftentimes use overweight children, and include too few children to adequately evaluate risks
No allowances are made for race, age, puberty, or actual weight
Dangers to pregnant women and their developing fetuses are also frequently ignored. The cost to us all is great whether we have taken these dangerous & deadly drugs or not, we all pay the price in higher insurance costs, higher taxes to support those now disabled and loss in productivity and contribution to society by those lost to the deadly effects of these unsafe drugs. All in all, the FDA appears to be engaged in a systematic hush-operation designed to give just about anything Big Pharma develops the green light. Essentially, dangerous drugs are given a rubber stamp of approval—the necessary go-ahead to make obscene profits while killing and injuring hundreds of thousands daily. It is, quite simply, inexcusable. The mainstream media has a lot to answer for as well, as their lack of reporting on these issues contributes to the problem by keeping a lid on reality.
Do I believe our media should be held accountable? Without a doubt! I have seen sections of newspapers discontinued for continuing to publish my information on antidepressant, major television shows canceled for doing a show on this subject, etc. This failure to warn on their part leaves blood on their hands as well. We NEED investigative reporters willing to cover the truth about something as critical as our health like Martha Rosenburg, the author of the original article containing this interview with an FDA whistleblower for the online news magazine Truth-Out. Our very lives are at stake in this. This is why Our International Coalition for Drug Awareness site is dedicated to the Washington Post reporter Morton Mintz who was awarded for his reporting keeping the deadly drug Thalidomide off the market in the United States. He is author of the incredible book giving us a very early warning of this approaching nightmare via the FDA, titled appropriately A Therapeutic Nightmare: A report on prescription drugs, the men who make them, and the agency that controls them (1965). In a telephone conversation in 1994 Morton Mintz told me to not to waste my time, energy, & resources publishing my book Prozac: Panacea or Pandora? – Our Serotonin Nightmare because no one would bother to read it & heed the warning just as they had not read his book & heeded the warning contained there. Then to my utter shock & amazement he told me that only 5000 copies of his book sold – an absolutely amazing book that I would recommend everyone have a copy of in their library!
This FDA whistleblower goes on to say that the FDA works to discredit whistleblowers & then even make it clear that speaking out may not only cost them their jobs, but also cost them their lives. Is that what has happened to Columbine survivor Mark Taylor? In face the evidence seems quite clear that this is the case. He may have survived 7 – 13 bullets at Columbine, but surviving the pharma mafia after speaking out against these drugs is another story! Pray for Mark! PLEASE!!!
Click here to continue reading the Dr. Mercola article: http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2012/08/13/drug-safety-whistleblower.aspx#_edn1
Read original article by Martha Rosenburg here: http://truth-out.org/news/item/10524-former-fda-reviewer-speaks-out-about-intimidation-retaliation-and-marginalizing-of-safety
Ann Blake-Tracy, Executive Director,
International Coalition for Drug Awareness
www.drugawareness.org & www.ssristories.drugawareness.org
Author: “Prozac: Panacea or Pandora? – Our Serotonin Nightmare – The Complete Truth of the Full Impact of Antidepressants Upon Us & Our World” & Safe Withdrawal CD “Help! I Can’t Get Off My Antidepressant!”