Between 2004 and 2010, drug corporations paid an astonishing $7 Billion (that’s billion with a “b”) in fines, penalties and lawsuits — but that’s a drop in the bucket for them.
The pharmaceutical industry moves from one dangerous drug to the next, so they can make massive profits.
Here’s a small selection from a big list of drugs the FDA is happy for you to use:
Avandia – killed 83,000 by heart attacks, until it was re-licensed to continue killing in February 2010.
Actos – heart failure and the BMJ states it increases the risk of bladder cancer by 83%.
Vioxx – 149,000 heart attacks, strokes, and deaths. But only 60,000 legal cases so far.
Prozac, Effexor, Paxil Suicidal behaviour. When a maniac commits a murder, its often these that drive them to it.
Zoloft and Lexapro Suicidal behaviour, and birth defects.
Beta Blockers, for high blood pressure, kill 10,000 a year in the UK, according to Forbes Magazine, the European Heart Journal, and WebMD.
Opiods have killed 194,000 since 1999; most notably, with 30% of the market, Purdue Pharma’s
OxyContin, which has made $31 billion in profits since 1996. Purdue pleaded guilty to criminal charges of misrepresentation and paid a mere $600 million in fines, but the immensely profitable gravy train rolls on unabated: people are still getting hopelessly addicted, and dying. It was approved by the FDA. Opiods have a place if patients are conned into painful chemotherapy, where they reduce pain. But they are prescribed like confetti for all pain, even backache.
Chemotherapy – poisons which kill up to 400,000 a year in the US, and maim hundreds of thousands. But at $50,000 a round, it makes over $100 billion a year for big pharma. There are a dozen better ways to treat cancer with no side effects, but the FDA are working on making safe treatments illegal, to protect big pharma profits.
Thalidomide You’ll be pleased to know they’ve approved the re-licensing of thalidomide for use. You’ve heard of the babies born with appalling birth defects, missing arms and legs, in the 1960’s?
Amalgam fillings – mercury poisoning 16% of dentists still use what they call “silver” fillings. They aren’t silver, they are 50% mercury, which leeches into your body every day. Toxic effects include damage to the brain, kidneys, lungs and immune system. Higher doses cause death.
Billion dollar fines don’t count in a trillion dollar industry From 2004 to 2008, Pfizer made sales of $245 billion. At the same time, Eli Lilly made $36 billion from just one drug (Zyprexa). Seven billion in fines across many pharmaceutical companies doesn’t dent their profits enough to stop them killing; the FDA is their UK accomplice.
The FDA doesn’t try to help us. If the FDA was even slightly doing their job, they would be trying to protect us by commenting on the herbicide Atrazine, which disrupts our hormones, causes birth defects, gives us breast and prostate cancer.
Or condemning the damage done by Monsanto’s Roundup glyphosate weedkiller. Nine million tons of it are in our fields, our foods, our water supply and in 90% of humans. It causes over 30 diseases from autism to cancer. But they are big corporations, whose profits the FDA protects.
Meanwhile the FDA are happy to side with those who ban safe things that work for us like melatonin, a natural hormone, or Gaba, which quietens our neurotransmitters, both of which help us sleep. They are trying to shut down the Russian scenar – developed by their space program to treat astronauts; – it talks, electronically, to the frequencies of our body, and is superb at healing a host of medical conditions, including muscular and wound healing issues without side effects.