The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) was designed to protect consumers by assuring that food, drugs and supplements are safe and efficient but now, a Harvard professor has released a report slamming the administration.
Professor Donald W. Light has released a report that is set to be published in the Journal of Law, Medicine and Ethics, stating that the FDA “cannot be trusted” due to it’s failure to honestly and ethically approve new drugs.
The report titled, ‘Institutional Corruption of Pharmaceuticals and the Myth of Safe and Effective Drugs‘ highlights that the FDA caters to the interests of the pharmaceutical industry, rather than the safety of the public.
“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,” states Light.
Over 125,000 people die each year from prescription drugs that were taken correctly, making it the 4th leading cause of death in the US.
“Over the past 30 years, approved drugs have caused an epidemic of harmful side effects, even when properly prescribed,” claims Light. “Every week, about 53,000 excess hospitalizations and about 2,400 excess deaths occur in the United States among people taking properly prescribed drugs to be healthier.”
The report also claims that the FDA helps the pharmaceutical industry market diseases that don’t even exist in order to create new drugs that are often poorly tested or ineffective. Known by some as the “the selling of sickness” pharmaceutical companies have been blamed for widening the criteria for prescribing drugs and giving symptoms a title of disease.
Light presents evidence to suggest that 90% of all drugs approved by the FDA over the past 30 years are no more effective than the drugs already on the market.
“All of them (the drugs) may be better than indirect measure or placebos, but most are no better for patients than previous drugs approved as better against these measures,” highlights the report.
Many critics have fought back at Light’s claims, stating that the drug industry has made significant advances in the last 30 years including the emergence of new anti-cholesterol lowering medication, new cancer drugs and new drugs with less side effects.