September 23, 2014

Prescription Drugs Injure, Kill 2-4 Million Annually

pin it button Prescription Drugs Injure, Kill 2 4 Million Annually

Pills  Money Prescription Drugs Injure, Kill 2 4 Million Annually

by Jeanne Lenzer
The Office of Medical & Scientific Justice

A report by a watchdog group has concluded that prescribed medicines are “one of the most significant perils to human health resulting from human activity.”  The group based their conclusion on their analysis of the US Food and Drug Administration’s database of serious adverse events.

The report was published on 31 May in QuarterWatch, a publication of the Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP), a non-profit organisation dedicated to “medication error prevention and safe medication use” based in Horsham, Pennsylvania.  It calculated that in 2011 prescription drugs were associated with two to four million people in the US experiencing “serious, disabling, or fatal injuries,” including 128 000 deaths.

According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 48% of the US population were taking a prescription medicine in any given month and 11% were taking five or more prescribed medicines.

The FDA estimates that the number of reports it receives represent only the “tip of the iceberg,” and the report authors based their estimates on 179 855 reports of serious injuries, including 30 385 deaths submitted to FDA in 2011. Of those reports, 88% were written and submitted by manufacturers and 12% were submitted directly to the FDA by health professionals and patients. The authors considered 30% of the death reports to be “nearly useless” since the only event information supplied was the single term, “Death.” Ninety nine per cent of the low quality death reports were submitted by manufacturers, who omitted critical patient information in their reports such as the cause of death or age of the patient.

The top five drugs most often reported by healthcare providers and patients were (in order of frequency): the anticoagulant drugs warfarin and dabigatran; the antibiotic levofloxacin; the cancer drug carboplatin; and the antihypertensive lisinopril.

David Cundiff, lead author of a Cochrane review of anticoagulant treatment for venous thromboembolism, told the BMJ that deaths from anticoagulation associated internal bleeding have been ignored for too long—a point underscored by the report authors who write that “In the sobering arithmetic of anticoagulation, warfarin prevents ischemic strokes in approximately 1% of high risk patients a year, but causes major bleeding in an estimated 3%.”

George Lundberg, former editor in chief of JAMA, told the BMJ that he was not surprised to see anticoagulants topping the list. He said that overprescribing is partly to blame and that “a balance needs to be reached between the benefits and harms of anticoagulants.” Lundberg cautioned against the routine use of anticoagulants for patients in hospital and those with stroke in an editorial in MedPage Today, where he is editor at large.

The authors monitored FDA reports submitted by lawyers separately and found that the top five drugs resulting in litigation were the anti-nausea drug metoclopramide, birth control pills containing drospirenone, the diabetes drug rosiglitazone, the smoking cessation aid varenicline, and the acne drug isotretinoin.

Thomas Moore, one of the report authors and senior scientist at the institute, told the BMJ that important signals are obtained from both healthcare provider and attorney reports, and that for a drug to result in a lawsuit it must meet a different standard than for a clinical report. For example, he said, even though angioedema can be life threatening, it often won’t result in a lawsuit because the patient may be treated and not suffer permanent harm. And haemorrhagic strokes from warfarin may not be reported because bleeding is a well known side effect. Moore said, “But, if you take metoclopramide and develop tardive dyskinesia, or you take [drospirenone] and have a stroke, there may be a compensable injury.”

Read the Full Article Here: http://www.omsj.org/corruption/prescription-drugs-injure-kill-2-4-million-annually

 

0 commentsback to post

Other articlesgo to homepage

Whistleblowers Dent the ‘Deep State’ of the U.S. Vaccine Program

Whistleblowers Dent the ‘Deep State’ of the U.S. Vaccine Program

Pin It

In speaking with an autism lawyer, who represented three African-American boys at the turn of the century, he told me he ushered their cases through Vaccine Court, only to have them dismissed, like my son’s case of harm caused by Thimerosal, in one sweep.

The whistleblowers haven’t negatively impacted the Vaccine Deep State yet. But when their cases go to trial, combined with a CDC-sponsored Danish scientist turned-U.S.-Department- of-Justice-fugitive in Poul Thorsen—he was indicted of stealing $2 million from the agency —the harm to the U.S. vaccine program could become unwieldy, as irreparable as the Ray Rice domestic violence issue now threatening the NFL.

For that to happen, the U.S. DOJ would have to extradite Poul Thorsen from Denmark to stand trial. And if that unicorn coming out of the forest event ever took place, the bed the CDC made with the Dane a decade ago would shake the Vaccine Deep State to its core.

After three years of non-action, will Attorney General Eric Holder, who happens to be African-American, finally be spurred to extradite the most wanted man in the autism community?

State Farm Dumped Rob Schneider for Vaccine Views: Now I’m Dumping State Farm

State Farm Dumped Rob Schneider for Vaccine Views: Now I’m Dumping State Farm

Pin It

According to PR Week, State Farm has decided to drop an ad starring comedian Rob Schneider from its rotation due to his “anti-vaccine views” after a social media outcry.

Well, bravo for the power of social media. Now here is my response.

I am immediately dropping State Farm.

I have used State Farm for my car and home insurance for about 15 years. I just sent an email to my agent, letting her know how disappointed I was to learn that State Farm had caved in to the pharmaceutical vaccine industry, an industry rife with fraud and corruption, simply because one of the actors in their advertisements sees fit to warn parents on the dangers of vaccines.

State Farm, you have lost me as a customer.

Statin Scam: People with Higher Cholesterol Live Longer than People with Low Cholesterol

Statin Scam: People with Higher Cholesterol Live Longer than People with Low Cholesterol

Pin It

Here is a fact that has been known for quite a long time, but it is still news to many people: People with higher cholesterol levels live longer than people with lower cholesterol levels.

The reason why this fact is not well-known in the general public is because it would put a huge dent into a $100 BILLION drug market for statin drugs – drugs that lower your cholesterol. With approximately one out of every 4 Americans over the age of 50 currently prescribed a statin drug, a drug with very serious side effects, this is certainly one issue you should investigate yourself.

Liberian Scientist and Professor: Ebola Virus Manufactured by Western Pharmaceuticals, US DoD?

Liberian Scientist and Professor: Ebola Virus Manufactured by Western Pharmaceuticals, US DoD?

Pin It

This editorial written by Dr. Cyril Broderick, a former professor of Plant Pathology at the University of Liberia’s College of Agriculture and Forestry, was published by Liberia’s largest newspaper as headline news. He claims that Ebola is a genetically modified organism (GMO) introduced by western medicine and possibly a result of military research.

The western pro-pharma media has chided Dr. Broderick, saying that such an inflammatory piece of writing is “irresponsible” since so many Africans are already distrustful of western medicine. They see western medicine as the answer to Africa’s deadly diseases such as Ebola, while Dr. Borderick sees it as the cause. Dr. Broderick states “African people are not ignorant and gullible, as is being implicated.”

Whether right or wrong, we feel African leaders have a voice in this matter, and should not be censored.

New GAO Report on Obamacare: Security Leaks, Cover Ups, and Lies

New GAO Report on Obamacare: Security Leaks, Cover Ups, and Lies

Pin It

The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) released its report this week on Obamacare. The report shows massive security flaws, cover-ups, and lies. Is this the new norm for government overseeing health matters? The GAO is also expected to soon conclude a report on the Vaccine Injury Compensation Trust Fund which has accumulated $3.5 BILLION in 2014.

read more


Get the news right in your inbox!