What you don't know can kill you
You have to wonder what it takes for new drugs to get rejected these days.
The FDA has sped up drug approvals, shaving years off the process and accepting smaller and shorter studies -- and even the agency admits it approves many of these new drugs before we know all the risks.
So they order new studies on the drugs after they're approved.
You know... the kinds of studies they should have demanded in the first place.
Just don't hold your breath waiting for the results of those studies -- because as one new analysis shows, Big Pharma is in no hurry to get them done.
Of the 85 clinical trials ordered by the FDA for 20 drugs approved in 2008, 60 percent are still missing. And in some cases, we've been told not to expect that information until 2020.
Yes, 2020 -- a full 12 years after the drugs were approved.
But the studies completed so far show exactly why this "approve first" approach has the power to hurt or even KILL patients -- because they've led to new warnings for nine of the new drugs, including black-box warnings for five of them.
That's the most serious warning of all -- and if patients knew of those risks first, they may not have swallowed a single pill.
And that, of course, is the real reason so many of these studies have been delayed, postponed and otherwise dragged out: New data means new warnings... and new warnings could hurt sales.
If only they cared half as much about patients as they do about profits.
It's as clear a sign as any that the new drugs approvals process isn't working for you.
If anything, it's working against you -- turning you into an unwitting guinea pig anytime you swallow a new drug (including "new" drugs that have been on the market for years).
That's why it's essential to trust your health to a doctor who isn't quick to pull out his prescription pad -- a doctor who sticks to the basic principle of the most effective treatment that's least likely to cause harm.
Unfortunately, you won't get that at a typical mainstream medical clinic these days, where insurance companies set the rules and doctors are often paid advisors to the drug industry.
For that, you'll need to visit a holistic medical doctor.
If you're in Southern California, I can help. Contact my clinic for more information or to make an appointment.
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