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FDA panel says no to over-the-counter statin drugs; will the recommendation stand?

Friday, January 14, 2005
by Mike Adams, the Health Ranger
Editor of NaturalNews.com (See all articles...)
Tags: dangerous drugs, over-the-counter drugs, statin drugs

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Merck and Johnson & Johnson are working hard to make statin drugs available without a prescription. The thought is downright horrifying to those who know the true dangers of statin drugs -- muscle wasting, brain fog, even the risk of birth defects -- but it's just "business as usual" at Big Pharma. The pharmaceutical industry has been selling so many dangerous drugs to so many people for so long, that adding another over-the-counter medication to the mix didn't seem like such a big deal, apparently.

After all, NSAIDs (pain killers) are sold as over-the-counter drugs, and new research has shown that NSAIDs cause intestinal damage in as many as 70% of all users, outright killing an estimated 16,500 Americans each year from gastrointestinal bleeding. What's another few thousand deaths from statin drugs, after all? We're talking PROFITS here! Gotta keep those shareholders happy!

Fortunately, a moment of sanity has mysteriously emerged at the Food and Drug Administration, whose advisory panel has voted against allowing statin drugs to be sold without a prescription. Where did this sanity come from? Probably from all the recent drug scandals in which the FDA has been caught with its pants around its ankles... the Vioxx scandal, namely. Plus, there's the FOIA document that surfaced, showing that two-thirds of the FDA's own scientists don't think the agency can protect the safety of Americans, and nearly 1/5th of FDA scientists say they have been pressured to approve a drug they thought was unsafe.

In light of the recent drug safety scrutiny, the FDA is treading lightly. But don't worry, as soon as all this scrutiny blows over, they'll get right back to rubber-stamping dangerous drugs and padding the profits of Big Pharma. That is, if serious FDA reform doesn't dismantle the agency first.

Keep in mind that Merck and J&J can just reapply again next year. And the year after. And technically, the FDA doesn't have to listen to the advisory panel in the first place. They can just stamp "Approved!" on the drug, regardless of what the panel recommendations are.

But for today, consumers are just a little bit safer with statin drugs not being allowed as over-the-counter medications. Whether we actually have the FDA to thank for this is difficult to tell. Frankly, Dr. David Graham deserves most of the thanks here: without his warnings, the FDA wouldn't be under such scrutiny in the first place, and the OTC application for these statin drugs probably would have sailed through without a peep.

After all, NSAIDs are still legal, and they kill five times as many people each year as all the terrorist-related deaths ever recorded on American soil. If NSAIDs were, say, a Chinese herb, they would have been banned long ago, and armed FDA agents would have raided all the stores carrying inventory in order to "protect Americans." But NSAIDs remain legal for one reason only: they're profitable.

As I've said before, if all the people who died from over-the-counter drugs in America were to rise from their graves and march on Washington, the demand for change would be unstoppable. But dead people don't march, and they can't tell you, "Oh by the way, I was actually killed by over-the-counter 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.

In addition to his lab work, Adams is also the (non-paid) executive director of the non-profit Consumer Wellness Center (CWC), an organization that redirects 100% of its donations receipts to grant programs that teach children and women how to grow their own food or vastly improve their nutrition. Through the non-profit CWC, Adams also launched Nutrition Rescue, a program that donates essential vitamins to people in need. Click here to see some of the CWC success stories.

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