By Jeff McCombs, Natural News:
In this new post out today in Science daily, doctors point out that the FDA is placing Americans at undue risk by approving drugs that carry risk even doctors wouldn’t approve of. Cases where drugs like like Vioox, Bextra, and Meridia were responsible for killing tens of thousands of Americans highlight how an agency charged with protecting Americans, is having issues carrying out this agenda.
“The agency charged to protect patients from dangerous drug side effects needs to be far more vigilant when it comes to medications that affect blood pressure.
The editorial notes that several medications survived FDA scrutiny, only to be pulled from the market after reports of increased heart attacks and strokes related to use of the drugs. These include rofecoxib (Vioxx), valdecoxib (Bextra), and sibutramine (Meridia). What these drugs have in common is that they raise blood pressure. Other medications approved by the FDA, including some antidepressant medications as well as medications used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, also raise blood pressure but remain on the market despite inadequate safety data.
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