Quote:Every day millions of people take medications, both prescription and over-the-counter, trusting that they not only work, but are safe because they've been reviewed and approved by government agencies like the FDA.
But now, yet another study has come out showing massive corruption behind FDA-approved drugs that are basically worthless and, too often, end up being dangerous to your health.
The latest study includes a review of the antiviral influenza drug Tamiflu (oseltamivir), which was pushed on the world during the 2009 influenza pandemic and heralded as THE intervention for the so-called deadly swine flu.
What researchers found in retrospect is that much information that regulators should have known about the efficacy and safety of this drug was either hidden or ignored, making it impossible for independent researchers to scrutinize the big picture.
In 2006 health agencies such as the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) began warning of the imminent onset of an avian flu contagion of pandemic proportions.
The pandemic never materialized, but sales of Tamiflu, touted as effective in reducing complications of flu such as bronchitis and pneumonia, skyrocketed.
In 2009 it was again presented as the drug of choice to stave off swine flu.
Back in 2006, Dr. Tom Jefferson had issued an analysis concluding that the drug was effective.
But when another physician later pointed out that 8 of the 10 studies he had relied on were still unpublished, Jefferson decided to locate the raw data -- only to find he was unable to do so.
His concern turned to outrage when two employees of a communications company admitted that they had been paid to ghostwrite some of the studies, with explicit instructions to come to the "correct" conclusion regarding Tamiflu's effectiveness. This prompted Dr. Jefferson, of the Cochrane Collaboration, to continue seeking the raw data of the trials, which completely changed his original conclusions. According to the Los Angeles Times:i
"After reanalyzing the raw data finally made available (they still don't have it all) ... there was no proof that Tamiflu reduced serious flu complications like pneumonia or death. In short, it appears the pharmaceutical companies had been ... conning the public on matters of health..."
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