Published On: Mon, Feb 10th, 2014

Harvard Scientists warn about Epidemic of Side Effects due to Corruption

nsnbc : A recent study about institutional corruption of pharmaceuticals and the myth of safe and effective drugs, warns that over the past 35 years, patients have suffered from a largely hidden epidemic of side effects from drugs that usually have few, offsetting benefits.

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Photo: Willard

The study, published in the Journal of Law, Medicine and Ethics,* conducted by Light, Lexchin and Darrow, warns that the pharmaceutical industry has corrupted the practice of medicine through its influence over what drugs are developed, how they are tested, and how medical knowledge is created.

The researchers warn that since 1906, commercial influence has compromised Congressional legislation to protect the public from unsafe drugs, adding that the authorization of user fees in 1992 has turned drug companies into the FDA’s prime clients, deepening the regulatory and cultural capture of the agency.

Part of the regulatory and cultural capture of the FDA has enabled the industry to successfully demand shorter average review times. Less time to thoroughly review the evidence, warn the researchers, has led to increased hospitalization and death.

The researchers warn that meeting the needs of the drug companies has taken priority over meeting the needs of the patients, adding that unless this corruption of regulatory intent is reversed, the situation will continue to deteriorate.

Light, Lexchin and Darrow offer practical suggestions, including; separating the funding of clinical trials from their conduct, analysis, and publication; independent FDA leadership; full public funding for all FDA activities; measures to discourage research and development on drugs with few if any clinical benefits; and the creation of a National Drug Safety Board.

Ch/L – nsnbc 10.02.2014

* “Institutional Corruption of Pharmaceuticals and the Myth of Safe and Effective Drugs” Donald W. Light, Joel Lexchin, and Jonathan Darrow. Journal of Law, Medicine and Ethics – Fall 2013

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  1. Andrew K Fletcher says:

    It’s good to know there are still people in the media prepared to expose corruption, especially when it puts our health and lives in danger.

  2. Vd. Yogesh Madhav Karmarkar says:

    This is why Ayurved is becoming very popular and safe also , as it is tested since thousands of years.

  3. Congratulations on exposing the dangers of the vaccines!! In 2004 a grandmother called me to say that she had three beautiful, intelligent grandchildren. Their Pediatrician insisted they have the measles vaccine. The next day none of them could make eye contact. Same story with another grandmother of two beautiful children. Criminal cover-up!!!

    • I agree with you Barbara. My grandson turned into a living statue after he was given vaccines at a local health department. We took him to a doctor independent from the health department afterwards who examined him only to find out he had heavy metal poisoning from the vaccines given at the health department. He warned us to never go there again. We haven’t but that hasn’t changed the fact that these vaccines took away my bright, smiling, very interactive grandson and made him this way. It has taken over 15 years to recover any of his former personality from the damage created by these. He is autistic as a result and will never have what we call a normal life. Those who would perpetuate these lies on the public, causing damage to people should be held accountable. Unfortunately, the US government has relieved these pharmaceutical companies from liability for damages. It is so wrong! They should have to poison themselves with their own vaccines and see how they like it!

  4. O Cabrito Politico says:

    Nothing concerned to public health could be private, for personal profit. The state with transparency and vigilance of society must do it. I am wrong? I am against ” capitalism”? Ok, then, don’t came crying due wrongdoings when you are sick.

  5. Bucksmallsy says:

    Excellent information; and all on point.

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