Post Marketing Guinea Pig

May 19, 2019

The scientific flip flop over what's good for you vs. what's bad is ever changing - and it's far worse when it comes to medications. In fact, many drugs released as 'safe' by the FDA, are found to be harmful or even deadly years after they've been out in the market.

Post marketing surveillance is a common practice in a drug's approval process. Just recently, the FDA issued strong warnings against the sleeping aid Ambien (and its related generic brands which were all approved in 1992) citing cases of "...accidental overdoses, falls, burns, near drowning, exposure to extreme cold temperatures leading to loss of limb, carbon monoxide poisoning, drowning, hypothermia, motor vehicle collisions with the patient driving, and self-injuries such as gunshot wounds and apparent suicide attempts.” Makes you wonder, if this drug is being considered for a 'black label' dangerous warning in 2019, wasn't it just as dangerous when it was unleashed on the masses in 1992?

We can all agree that abusing medication is outright wrong. But when you take prescriptions as directed for years, only to discover the harm they've inflicted after all the profit's been made - then it's YOU that is being abused.  Ask yourself... are you comfortable being Big Pharma's lab rat?

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