Bedaquiline kills more than 5 times as many subjects as the placebo does, so what did the FDA do? If you think they’d ban it, you’ll be mistaken. They have approved it.
Photo of Hand Holding Pill by Mikamatto (Smoky Skull added)
by Heidi Stevenson
Update: The FDA didn’t just grant Sirturo (bedaquiline) fast track status. It’s worse than that. They have skipped fast tracking and went straight to approval! Sure, they say it’s only for patients for whom there are no other treatments—but they conveniently skip the fact that the drug outright kills 5 times as many people as placebo. (more…)
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Science Daily reports, “With infectious diseases, it is often not the pathogen itself, but rather an excessive inflammatory immune response (sepsis) that contributes to the patient’s death, for instance as a result of organ damage. On intensive care units, sepsis is the second-most common cause of death worldwide. In patients with a severely compromised immune system specially, life-threatening candida fungal infections represent a high risk of sepsis.” (more…)