A seemingly innocuous pill can do tremendous harm to your health. Yet, whether a prescription medication, over-the-counter drug or supplement, defects are often only discovered after multiple patients have been injured or killed.
The Food and Drug Administration is tasked with approving the safety and efficacy of medications. Unfortunately, the FDA application process puts pharmaceutical manufacturers in control. These corporations often guide studies toward conclusions that are beneficial to them. After spending millions of dollars on research and development, drug manufacturers have every incentive to gain approval of a drug as expeditiously as possible, even if not in the patients’ best interests.
Once the drug is on the market, the FDA rarely issues a recall until patients die or suffer serious harm, so drugs with known defects may remain on the market. Furthermore, the labels often fail to adequately warn patients of dangers. Conscientious doctors are often not even fully aware of the risks to their patients.