Download e-book for iPad: Before You Take That Pill: Why the Drug Industry May Be Bad by J. Douglas Bremner

By J. Douglas Bremner

ISBN-10: 1583332952

ISBN-13: 9781583332955

A medical examiner unearths dangers of the main in general prescribed drugs-and why the drug does not wish shoppers to understand approximately them. fresh scandals concerning diabetes medicinal drugs, Vioxx, and lots of different medicines exhibit the intense and undisclosed dangers of a few of the main popular pharmaceuticals during this kingdom. In prior to you are taking That tablet, Dr. J. Douglas Bremner, a researcher and clinician at Emory college whose learn on Accutane and melancholy made headlines, deals an within examine the pharmaceutical undefined, in addition to a scientifically sponsored review of the dangers of greater than 300 prescribed drugs, supplements, and vitamins. whereas many medicinal drugs are necessary to the overall healthiness of customers, as Dr. Bremner explains, for plenty of humans, the advantages won't outweigh the aptitude uncomfortable side effects. This publication includes warnings that aren't at the drug labels. It additionally exposes tips of the alternate that exhibit how the profit-making pursuits of "big pharma" won't consistently be in accordance with the protection of the general public - from the corruption that exists within the drug approval procedure to the strategies drug businesses use to inspire medical professionals to prescribe their items. most crucial, earlier than you're taking That tablet empowers readers by way of giving them sound info on particular medicinal drugs to allow them to comprehend and weigh the aptitude threat themselves. subsidized through the newest stories, in addition to perception from a physician who's within the trenches, this ebook will be at the shelf of each drug client.

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Lumiracoxib (Prexige) was also associated with a fourfold increase in elevated liver enzymes, indicating liver damage. 14 Overall there was a statistically significant 42% increase in vascular events and an 86% increase in heart attacks. The risks of taking COX-2 drugs were double that of taking naproxen. Diclofenac was also associated with a statistically significant 63% increase in the risk of vascular events. Naproxen had no risk, and ibuprofen had a 51% increase, which was not statistically significant.

And to a lesser extent other industrialized countries) has a prescription-drug problem. Americans spend twice as much on drugs and take twice as many drugs as those in other industrialized countries yet have the worst health. That means we are paying money for drugs that are not working for us. Despite the fact that Americans spend twice as much on health care as those of any other country in the world, we have some of the most negative health-care outcomes in the industrialized world, including total life expectancy and survival of children to their fifth birthday.

In my opinion, the FDA has let the American people down and, sadly, betrayed a public trust. Those ominous words, spoken by David J. S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), on November 18, 2004, were part of congressional testimony concerning the dangers of the arthritis medication Vioxx, which had just been taken off the market because of evidence that it increased the risk of heart attack. Yet he could have been talking about the prescription-drug industry in general, especially since he mentioned that Vioxx was not the only medication that posed serious health threats.

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