Drug Manufacturers “Not Required” to Notify Public of Drug-Safety Recalls

FDA is hard at work informing the public of dangerous drug and medication recalls

Did you know that major pharmaceutical drug manufactures are not required by law to notify the public of their product /drug recalls?

Informing the public of recalls is reserved for the FDA, who in one recent studies opinion, is performing “below average” in getting the message out to the public: Here’s more on this story from Natural News:

According to a new study published in the journal Archives of Internal Medicine, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) fails to effectively report as many as 40 percent or more of all Class I drug recalls, which are the most serious type.

For their study, a team of researchers from Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston first counted all the drug recalls that occurred between 2004 and 2011 – they were able to identify 1,700 of them. Among these 1,700 were 91 that constituted Class I recalls, the most severe type for which there is potential for serious injury or death if patients continue taking the drugs in question.Upon review, the team found that the FDA’s official Recall Alert System only issued official alerts for 55 of the 91 Class I recalls, or about 60 percent of them. The FDA’s MedWatch system, which also issues recall alerts, did send out alerts for 18 of the remaining 36 recalls, but the final 18 recalls were never even addressed by the FDA.So between the FDA’s Recall Alert System and MedWatch, the two systems through which the agency sends out drug recall notifications, there is an overall failure rate of between 20 and 40 percent when it comes to effectively sending out critical drug recall information to healthcare providers. As a result, many doctors and pharmacists likely continued dispensing these dangerous drugs to their patients, which may have resulted in potentially thousands of needless deaths. Learn more: http://www.naturalnews.com/036203_drug_recalls_doctors_FDA.html#ixzz1yBQGIvpr

The FDA according to Natural News seems more interested in busting “family owned dairy farms producing raw milk than paying attention to drug recalls that affect millions of Americans.”   Why are dangerous drugs shielded in safety? Just like illnesses and deaths from vaccines that continue to rise unabated, so too are some medications. Pharmaceutical companies today are experiencing record “highs” (in profits), while medication deaths including abuse and overdoses are also at record “highs.”

 

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