Medications approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration result in 100,000 deaths every year from what the federal agency describes as “Adverse Drug Reactions”, or ADRs. Worse, over 2 million Americans suffer non-deadly adverse reactions to drugs every year that the FDA has approved “safe”.
ADRs refer to negative reactions that Americans suffer from taking drugs as directed by their doctor or the drug’s manufacturer. These cases DO NOT include overdoses or drug abuse.
In fact, the FDA claims that adverse drug reactions account for the 4th leading cause of death “ahead of pulmonary disease, diabetes, AIDS, pneumonia, accidents and automobile deaths”. Who is the FDA truly protecting, and what responsibility does the FDA accept in the number of deaths that result from its approved drugs? These deaths give the phrase “FDA Warning” a whole new meaning.
The bureaucratic mess of the FDA makes the formulation of effective new antibiotics cost-prohibitive, according to Steve Forbes, by changing the rules in the middle of clinical trials and adding significant and arbitrary new requirements into the testing process. This results in an increase in drug costs for everyone and demonstrably fails to make Americans more safe.
Thanks to the Food and Drug Administration, you are much more likely to be killed by FDA-approved drugs than you are from terrorism. How many terrorist attacks on U.S. soil would it take to keep pace with the number of Americans that FDA-approved drugs kill every year?
2,996 people died in the September 11th attack. Doing the math, that amounts to more than 33 9/11-style terrorist attacks every year.
The United States spends around $75 billion every year in its combined anti-terrorism efforts. The FDA’s budget of just over $2 billion pales in comparison, but what are Americans truly getting for their money? The real threat to American lives comes from expensive drugs and bureaucratic legalese that makes effective testing expensive and cumbersome, leaving Americans to literally fight for their lives amid a slurry of expensive medications that our government has deemed “safe”.
In a healthcare system considered the best in the world, Americans should expect better than 100,000 deaths a year. The first step is recognizing that government almost never knows best.