Sunday, August 7, 2011
By Paul Martin

By Kelleigh Nelson
August 7, 2011

Prescription Drugs

When we go to our doctors, we obviously want an end to whatever problem we’re experiencing. The best bet for help is an older doctor. A study at the Medical College of Wisconsin Researchers found that physicians with fewer than 10 years of experience described almost 25% of their patients as “difficult,” whereas more seasoned doctors said the same of just 2% of their patients. If you have a stubborn health issue or a prescription drug issue, then a physician with some years is preferable. Why? Because younger doctors have a tendency to medicate every problem and less and less time to read patient charts or listen to their patients. Many medications increase problems rather than solving them, and some can cause not only horrible side effects, but death. We assume that the drugs the doc prescribes have been carefully tested to make sure they are both safe and effective. Most times they are. Yet sometimes the drugs cause more problems than they solve. Adverse drug reactions kill tens of thousands of people annually; one widely cited study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) in 1998 puts the number at more than 100,000, but other sources state over 320,000 die per year from FDA approved drugs. [Link]

According to the U.S. General Accounting Office, close to 51% of FDA-approved drugs have serious adverse effects not detected prior to approval. Each year prescription drugs injure 1.5 million people so severely they require hospitalization. In 2007, 149 Americans died from tainted heparin (a blood thinner) imported from China. China is now the largest supplier of pharmaceutical chemicals, actually hundreds of tons annually to the world, most especially for generic drugs. When Baxter Healthcare sourced cheap heparin from China, it carried out all the legally required tests. However, those tests were unable to detect the contaminant that caused fatal allergic reactions and the dangerous drug slipped through. (See Part 9 of this series). Small hard-to-detect flaws such as trace impurities caused by unhygienic practices can easily be undetected.

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