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FDA once again asleep on the job; the GAO investigates a dangerous drug manufacturer

Thursday, January 22, 2004
by Mike Adams, the Health Ranger
Editor of NaturalNews.com (See all articles...)
Tags: bad medicine, the FDA, drug profits

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Here's another opportunity to contrast the actions of the FDA's actions on prescription drugs versus herbal medicine. As you are probably well aware, the FDA aggressively bans herbs that cause just a few deaths. Ephedra's isolated problems were highly exaggerated and widely publicized in order to solicit an outcry that would justify the FDA's actions to ban the herb. And yet prescription drugs receive no such scrutiny. This story described how a prescription drug named OxyContin is being crushed and snorted by druggies to achieve a heroin-like high. Furthermore, the company making OxyContin distributed promotional videos to doctors that contained all sorts of unsubstantiated claims, such as the claim that fewer than 1% of users become addicted to the drug (many doctors would strongly argue with that).

So how is the FDA acting to protect the U.S. public against this heroin-like drug that's being improperly marketed across the country? It isn't. The investigation was conducted by the General Accounting Office (GAO), which had to actually yank the FDA's chain to get the agency to take a look at this drug. And now, six years after the drug was first introduced, the FDA has taken no steps whatsoever against the makers of OxyContin.

This is stunning news: the GAO, which is perhaps one of the last remaining honest departments in the federal government, is doing the FDA's job! That's why I'm a strong advocate of FDA reform and for creating an Internal Affairs department at the FDA so that somebody is watching over this irresponsible agency that continues to drag its feet when it comes to protecting the public from the dangers of prescription drugs.

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About the author:Mike Adams (aka the "Health Ranger") is a best selling author (#1 best selling science book on Amazon.com) and a globally recognized scientific researcher in clean foods. He serves as the founding editor of NaturalNews.com and the lab science director of an internationally accredited (ISO 17025) analytical laboratory known as CWC Labs. There, he was awarded a Certificate of Excellence for achieving extremely high accuracy in the analysis of toxic elements in unknown water samples using ICP-MS instrumentation. Adams is also highly proficient in running liquid chromatography, ion chromatography and mass spectrometry time-of-flight analytical instrumentation.

Adams is a person of color whose ancestors include Africans and Native American Indians. He's also of Native American heritage, which he credits as inspiring his "Health Ranger" passion for protecting life and nature against the destruction caused by chemicals, heavy metals and other forms of pollution.

Adams is the founder and publisher of the open source science journal Natural Science Journal, the author of numerous peer-reviewed science papers published by the journal, and the author of the world's first book that published ICP-MS heavy metals analysis results for foods, dietary supplements, pet food, spices and fast food. The book is entitled Food Forensics and is published by BenBella Books.

In his laboratory research, Adams has made numerous food safety breakthroughs such as revealing rice protein products imported from Asia to be contaminated with toxic heavy metals like lead, cadmium and tungsten. Adams was the first food science researcher to document high levels of tungsten in superfoods. He also discovered over 11 ppm lead in imported mangosteen powder, and led an industry-wide voluntary agreement to limit heavy metals in rice protein products.

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