Why didn’t Barbara Starfield’s Findings (JAMA 2000) cause a major overhaul of US medicine?
List of FDA-licensed prescription drugs withdrawn from US market for safety issues:
Between 1973 and 1991 (18 years) —16 drugs were withdrawan; Between 1992 and 2011 (19 years)—28 drugs were withdrawn.
"500 people would need to be treated with Crestor for a year to avoid one usually survivable heart attack. Stroke numbers were similar…At $3.50 a pill, the cost of prescribing Crestor to 500 people for a year would be $638,000 to prevent one heart attack."Read More
Repeat legal violations: The record of recidivism by major drug manufacturers is a matter of public record.Read More
Documents uncovered during the course of litigation shed light on real risks of drug-induced harm that would not otherwise be known.Read More
FDA's slip-shod approval of defective, harmful drugs, accompanied by rubber stampped endorsements by compromised FDA advisory committees may be reaching a boiling point.Read More
Cholesterol lowering drug, Crestor Linked to Patient Death Tue, 11 Jan 2005 Crestor, a highly advertised cholesterol-lowering drug in the statin class–as was Bayer’s drug Baycol, which was withdrawn from market after 30 patients died of rhabdomyolysis (breakdown of skeletal muscle fibers), has been linked to a patient’s death. “AstraZeneca confirms that a death possibly…Read More
NIH: Public Servant or Private Marketer? NIH Seeks Outside Inquiry of Alzheimer’s researcher conflicts of interest – LAT Mon, 31 Jan 2005 A year after the Los Angeles Times published its first an in-depth investigative report documenting in detail evidence of major conflicts of interest by top scientists at the National Institutes of Health, [December…Read More
Bayer/ Baycol on Trial in Texas_NYT Sat, 1 Mar 2003 Melody Peterson of the New York Times reports that in the first case brought against Bayer involving its anticholesterol drug, Baycol, a senior official of Bayer AG testified in court in Corpus Cristi, Texas. He acknowledged that company officials in Germany proceeded with the marketing…Read More
Cash Interests Taint Drug Advice – NATURE / Death a Risk of Antipsychotics – AP Sun, 23 Oct 2005 An investigation by the journal, NATURE (the largest of its kind) reveals that not only do conflicts of interest taint the conduct and outcome of clinical trials, the authors who formulate clinical practice guidelines have financial…Read More