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Pharmaceutical company admits to lying about the health risks of its drugs

A major prescription drug company in the United States has admitted to making misleading claims about the safety of its products. The company failed to include important information about hypoglycemia and diabetes, and promoted its drug as being safer than other anti-psychotic drugs. The FDA has issued a warning letter to the company, telling them to comply by including the information regarding hypoglycemia and diabetes, and by avoiding making such unproven claims. This is for a drug that is prescribed to over 10 million people around the world, and generates $2,000,000 in annual sales for this prescription drug company.

Hospital warning: medical errors kill 195,000 Americans each year, says new study

A new study has revealed startling statistics about the number of people killed each year in U.S. hospitals. That number is now estimated to be 195,000 people, or almost twice as many as were estimated in a 1998 report on the same subject. To put this in perspective, this is equivalent to almost fifty 9/11 attacks each year in terms of the number of fatalities caused. This is a health care crisis -- people are being killed by preventable hospital errors and neglect. Unfortunately, it's also the norm in our modern medical system.

How to lower your cholesterol absolutely free

Recent cholesterol guidelines are recommending that most people aim for an LDL cholesterol level of 70 or lower. That's down from the previous suggestion of 100. And of course, the number one recommended way to lower your cholesterol, according to the popular press and pharmaceutical companies, is to take statin drugs. The more you take the better, they seem to be saying, and if your cholesterol isn't low enough yet, it simply means you need to take more statin drugs. And by the way, you're supposed to be taking these statin drugs for the rest of your life, as many physicians have now ridiculously sworn to do.

Maryland joins list of states attempting to buy prescription drugs from Canada, but FDA-enforced drug monopoly blocks efforts

The state of Maryland joins a growing list of cities and states attempting to import prescription drugs from Canada. Montgomery County says it could save $6 million to $10 million a year by giving its employees the choice of filling their prescriptions through certified Canadian pharmacies.

Heart Failure Drug Found To Have Killed Thousands, Injured Tens of Thousands; Yet Doctors and the FDA Continue To Support It

A new study conducted by the Institute of Clinical Evaluative Sciences, a health care research organization in Toronto, has concluded that a prescription drug commonly prescribed for congestive heart failure is now responsible for an increased number of deaths of heart patients due to the drug being more widely prescribed by doctors.

If Drugs From Canada Are So Dangerous, Where Are All the Dead Canadians?

Amid all of the frantic warnings from the FDA that prescription drugs from Canada are somehow dangerous, a question arises: where are all the dead and injured Canadians? If drugs are somehow more dangerous in Canada, shouldn't the FDA be able to produce endless examples of people who have actually been harmed or killed by these medications? In fact, no such evidence exists. The FDA's Director of Pharmacy Affairs, Tom McGinnis, says, "I can't think of one thing off the top of my head where somebody died or somebody got put in the hospital because of these medications. I just don't know if there's anything like that."

Popular Alzheimer's Drug Found to Be All But Worthless in Independent Study

A new independent study, conducted at the University of Birmingham, UK, reveals that a popular prescription drug for Alzheimer's disease, Aricept, offers no real benefit to Alzheimer's patients compared to placebo. And yet, the drug has been approved and heavily marketed based on findings from drug trials funded by its maker who claims the drug benefits Alzheimer's patients in scientifically proven ways. As it turns out, the drug does seem to help Alzheimer's patients score slightly higher on cognitive tests, but it has no real benefit in delaying the institutionalization of Alzheimer's patients.

A Public Drug Registry Would Bring Honesty to Pharmaceutical Research, But the Idea Terrifies Drug Companies

A new idea has surfaced in the medical community -- to publish the results of all medical studies on a publicly accessible website that would include results from both positive and negative studies. This proposal has been floated in response to the recent discovery by regulatory authorities and various members of the press that drug companies routinely hide or suppress the publication of studies showing undesirable results.

Skyrocketing health care costs make U.S. employers non-competitive in the global marketplace

Skyrocketing health insurance costs are heavily impacting employers in the United States. Now, for the first time, medical benefits to employees has become the most expensive benefit paid by employers, according to a new report issued by the Employment Policy Foundation. The cost of health care for employers has jumped 12.4% between 2002 and 2003. That's about 5 times higher than inflation, and it is threatening the competitiveness of American corporations and the private sector. The Foundation also reported that employers spent $331 billion last year for health insurance for employees. That's a 50% increase since 1998. This comes out to an average of $3.80 per hour for each worker who participated in health insurance coverage.

Elderly patients regularly prescribed dangerous medications with severe side effects

A new study conducted at the Duke Clinical Research institute reveals that one in five older patients is currently receiving at least one prescription drug deemed unsafe according to a database of unsafe drugs. This study looked at prescriptions written for 765,000 patients, all over the age of 65, and compared those prescriptions against a database listing drugs that are known to be toxic to older patients (and that may result in severe side effects). It found that an astounding 21% of the patients were taking at least one drug on the list, and that half of those prescriptions were for drugs considered to have serious side effects.

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