Are You A Guinea Pig?
According to Dr. Joseph Ross, the recently released study’s lead author and an associate professor of medicine and public health at Yale University, 1 in 3 medications released from 2001-2010 ended up with warnings about unexpected, sometimes life-threatening side effects or complications.
During this time 222 new drugs hit the market after going through trials and FDA approval. All of which were released to be used on family, friends, coworkers and loved ones. The 71 flagged drugs included top-sellers for treating depression, arthritis, infections and blood clots. Safety issues included risks for serious skin reactions, liver damage, cancer and even death.
While the FDA says most of these reactions are minimal to us as humans, they are still are getting detected AFTER the drugs hit the market. What that means to you and I is that the FDA is using our data years later to determine is the drug is TRULY safe. “We know that safety concerns, new ones, are going to be identified once a drug is used in a wider population. That’s just how it is,” Ross said. “The fact that that’s such a high number means the FDA is working hard to evaluate drugs and once concerns are identified, they’re communicating them.”
The sad reality is that in the last 10 years there has been a huge shift to fast line drugs to market. That means the amount of time the drugs are getting monitored for safety issues BEFORE it hits the public is less and less.
“The answer is, you can’t know whether they’re valuable and lifesaving treatments unless you test them adequately,” Moore, a senior scientist for drug safety and policy at the Institute for Safe Medication Practices.
Every day people take medications like candy. Every day MD’s are prescribing medication with the assumption they are safe. People TRUST their word and the approval process of the FDA. What if you knew that THEY DON’T EVEN KNOW IF THEY ARE SAFE YET!!!! Whether you like it or no, YOU ARE PART OF THE STUDY!!
What gets me the most is that people feel like they have NO OTHER CHOICE but to take the drugs. THIS IS WHERE you reading this have POWER!!! No one will know or act unless YOU HELP THEM! You have the power to change lives. Health will never come from a pill. potion, or lotion. Knowing where true health comes from and getting your body FUNCTIONING better is the answer. Forward this blog post, invite them to our workshop, let me talk to them on the phone, bring them to our health transformation dinner, or get a talk set up in your office. WE HAVE THE ANSWER!!