7 Drugs Whose Dangerous Risks Emerged Only After Big Pharma Made Its Money

January 2, 2014  |

Have you ever noticed how warnings about dangerous prescription drugs always seem to surface after the drug is no longer marketed and its patent has run out? Whether it’s an FDA advisory or a trial lawyer solicitation about harm that may have been done to you, the warnings are always belated and useless. If a drug you took four years ago may have given you liver damage, why didn’t the FDA tell you then? Why didn’t the FDA recall the drug or better yet, not approve it in the first place?

The official answer from the FDA and Big Pharma is that problems with a drug are only seen after millions begin using it, which is why post-marketing surveillance is conducted. In other words—who knew? But in a startling number of cases revealed in court documents Pharma did“know” and clearly misled medical journals, the FDA, doctors and patients, hoping to get its patent’s worth before the true risks of a drug surfaced. In other cases, Pharma and the FDA should have known before rushing a dangerous drug to market and making money at the expense of patients. (more…)

Bisphosphonate drug treatment for osteoporosis causes MORE bone fractures, not less

Natural medicine is, of course, much better for your overall health, but when you have to take something Big Pharma manufactures, you should at least be able to expect that it will do what it’s supposed to do.

Not so with bisphosphonates, drugs that are supposed to improve bone strength in patients at risk of or saddled with osteoporosis. They, instead, seem to worsen it.

According to new clinical research by Raphael P.H. Meier, MD, from University Hospitals of Geneva, and colleagues, of some 477 patients hospitalized at one center, 39 had atypical fracture of the femur (the long leg bones that attach to your hips) and 438 had common fractures. Among those with atypical fractures, a staggering 82.1 percent of them were undergoing bisphosphonate therapy compared with just 6.4 percent of those with common fractures. (more…)

You could take vitamin D or . . .

You could take vitamin D and achieve a desirable blood level of 25-hydroxy vitamin D (I aim for 60-70 ng/ml), or you could:

–Take Actos to mimic the enhanced insulin sensitivity generated by vitamin D
–Take lisinopril to mimic the angiotensin-converting enzyme blocking, antihypertensive effect of vitamin D
–Take Fosamax or Boniva to mimic the bone density-increasing effect of vitamin D
–Take Celexa or other SSRI antidepressants to mimic the mood-elevating and winter “blues”-relieving effect of vitamin D
—Take Niaspan to mimic the HDL-increasing, small LDL-reducing effect of vitamin D
–Take naproxen to mimic the pain-relieving effect of vitamin D (more…)

Strengthen Bones Safely and Naturally

What effect do you think caustic chemicals have on your bones? If you think they sound dangerous, you’re absolutely right.

Unfortunately, millions of men and women are using unsafe drugs that contain bisphosphonates to strengthen their bones and reduce the risk of fracture. However, drugs designed to strengthen bones, like Fosamax and Boniva, may actually be doing more harm than good. (more…)