1-in-3 FDA-approved Drugs found to be dangerous!

There’s a good chance you either take, or have taken, prescription medication.

In fact, nearly 70% of Americans — more than 224 million people — take at least one prescription drug. More than half take two or more.

However, new findings from Boston’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital are raising red flags throughout the medical community.

Researchers there have found that, for drugs approved between 2001 and 2010, nearly 1-in-3 had a "postmarket safety event."

Here’s what that means … and what it can mean for you.

Postmarket safety events can vary.

  A drug may be pulled from the market due to safety concerns.

  The FDA could issue a "boxed warning," where it puts a black box on a label to call attention to serious/life-threatening risks.

  Or the FDA might issue some other type of safety communication.

In other words, you might get a prescription for a drug that hasn’t been thoroughly vetted for safety concerns. Even if that drug has already been on the market for several years.

For example, the researchers found several antipsychotic drugs with postmarket safety events.

That’s far from the only class of drugs affected. But the researchers found that the occurrence there was statistically significant.

The same goes for selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (or SSRIs). SSRIs are used to treat a wide array of illnesses, including autoimmune disease, migraines, erectile dysfunction and diabetes. That’s just to name a few.

Unfortunately, you might take these medications for half a decade … or more … before you learn that there might be risks you weren’t already warned about.

Per Nicholas Downing, M.D., of the Department of Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital:

"These safety risks emerge, on average, four years after approval. This means that many patients are exposed to these medications before the risks become clear.

"This analysis highlights that there is residual uncertainty about the risks and benefits of new drugs at the time of approval, thereby demonstrating the need for all stakeholders engaged in the drug development process to commit to the generation of clinically useful information both before and after regulatory approval."

If you take prescription medication, let this be a warning to you.

You shouldn’t pretend to be a doctor, relying on the internet to diagnose yourself and target the medications you think will help that self-diagnosis.

But you can be vigilant about what you’re putting in your body.

First, read the labels of any medication you take — prescription or over-the-counter — and don’t take them until you are clear about the potential risks.

Second, make sure your doctor explains exactly why he’s prescribing you a drug, how it works, and any risks.

Third, ask tough questions. Don’t assume anything. Medications affect people differently, and they can also react with other meds you are taking.

Fourth, get a second opinion from other doctors if you don’t feel comfortable. In some cases, there may be a natural-health solution that can complement or even replace the prescription drug.

(You can visit our archive of health articles here.)

Have you ever had any negative experiences with prescription medication? If so, please leave a comment and share with us what happened and how you found the proper solution.

Happy and healthy investing,

Journal Reference:
Nicholas S. Downing, Nilay D. Shah, Jenerius A. Aminawung et al. Postmarket Safety Events Among Novel Therapeutics Approved by the US Food and Drug Administration Between 2001 and 2010JAMA, 2017 DOI: 10.1001/jama.2017.5150

Your thoughts on “1-in-3 FDA-approved Drugs found to be dangerous!”

  1. Amiodorone and Metropolol caused so much weakness that they impaired my ability to walk.

  2. With all the bad side effects from Lipitor and some of the other Statin drugs doctor are prescribing, you have to wonder which is better the medicine or the illness. My wife probably has permanent muscle damage caused by a generic of Lipitor. First off, these drugs are approved by the FDA which receives pay from the same drug companies to test and license their products as safe. With out the drug companies money for testing where would the FDA get money to exist? (If this is not correct please let me know.) With the so called entitlement programs (Social Security and Medicare) running short on funding………. No, our government would never stoop to that level, would they?
    Live safe, enjoy life and read all info on the “World Wide Web” about the medications being prescribed to you. Remember the Doctors have to follow what the FDA allows or they could lose their license to practice medicine as a doctor. When he or she gives you this, for lack of a better word, “stuff” you are suppose to be warned of the dangers and side effects.
    This is called informed consent which means you are aware of what can happen!!!!!

  3. A good place to start is mercola.com and take the questionaire for your nutrition. My wife and I took it. I’m a mixed and she is a protein type.

  4. you wrote about collagen & ascorbic acid as an inflammatory. but can not find the article.
    could you send it.
    I use to take penicillin before going to the dentist…developed terrible allergy, before the AMA said it was unnecessary..

  5. So far, my body has decided that rx drugs are poison.
    3 months after hip pain began from Cell Cept, I am still using a cane. Was using 2 canes and sometimes screaming with pain.
    on 5th blood pressure med. Hope no side effects. Have gained 12 lbs, side effect combined from all. Prednisone also caused weight gain.
    Had pre diabetes from prednisone.
    Taking herbal to counteract. Working so far.
    Amlodipine, CellCept and prednisone all cause hair loss.
    Have lost half my hair in 1 year.
    Had problems years ago with antdepressant, antianxiety meds.
    Bad luck with meds for insomnia too.
    Using CBC,CBD therapy for the anxiety, depression, insomnia.
    Thank God for medical marijuana. No side effects, easy to control, switch, if something doesn’t work. No problems with it at all. Does not affect job performance as used mostly at night. And the therapy usually has little or no THC.
    Will be using ozone therapy for Myasthenia Gravis to avoid further medication. Tapering off the prednisone.
    Hoping to lose enough weight to eliminate the need for b.p. meds.
    And our dear pres. wants to shorten the testing time for rx meds, supposedly to reduce costs.
    This will cost lives, damage others, as the side effects may not be revealed in the time allotted.
    On this issue he has his head where the sun doesn’t shine.
    Wonder how many will die or be disabled by the drugs that are approved if this passes.
    The only winner will be the pharmaceutical industry.

  6. I found most, if not all of your articles to have good content for seniors to be reading.
    I would ask you to stress the seriousness for seniors and people of all ages, once married or living with a significant other to establish a will or living will in the event that a catastrophic injury or illness happens to one or both. Shock and grief are different for everyone and there are people waiting to take advantage of each and every situation.

  7. “You shouldn’t pretend to be a doctor, relying on the internet to diagnose yourself and target the medications you think will help that self-diagnosis.”

    Good advice except, I came across an article the other day that said that a lot of rookie doctors are relying on the internet to diagnose and medicate their patients…

    I usually sit down and listen to a doctor, nod, take the prescription, go on the internet and find out what the prescription he’s recommending does, find the natural alternative for that medication (there are usually many) and sidestep the 10,000,000 (at times fatal) side effects of that medication.

  8. I was interested in seeing which drugs were among the ones with postmarket safety events and clicked on the link to the full article. I discovered that I would have to subscribe to JAMA or “rent” the article to find out more details. That is frustrating.

  9. Not a problem! Trump is going to issue an executive order abolishing the FDA and then we can rely on the honesty and high integrity of the drug companies to take the “high road” and keep us well informed about the safety of their products.

  10. Nearly died from 1 dose of Lipitor. Now keep cholesterol in healthy range with bergamot extract capsules (1/2 -1 gram/day) plus adding konjac root caps to main meals. Plenty of support for this in Nat Lib of Medicine pubs.

  11. I was discharged in1945 with a case of ulsers and doctored for them until I was introduced to the” Eat Right 4 Your Blood Type” program in 2006. {Up until then I would have “Gerd” attacks three or four times a week depending on how much red meat I would eat. (gastric reflux)}. I found out that a blood type ‘ A ‘ person should not avoid red meat and certain vegies. In one week I threw away my anti acid and have not had a reflux since. Doctors wont tell you this because it eats into their income. How much money did I spend going to the doctor two to three times a year for 61 years.

  12. My 91 year old mother was taking Lisinopril for several years and suddenly had an allergic reaction: swollen lips and mouth and incredible itching. After stopping the medication all symptoms disappeared. So that means even after taking a drug for a long time, you can experience adverse effects.

  13. My heart doctor prescribed Trimentitrie to reduce swelling in my ankles. Within a week I believed something was wrong and went to my primary doctor who sent me to have lab work. He called me the following day and reported that my kidney function was exstremely low and I should go to the urinalist. The urinalists
    said my kidney function dropped from my normal of 48 percent down to 17 and then down to 14 percent. The dosage on the Trimentitrine read, take one per day as needed, which I was doing, but I had stopped taking it even before I went to my primary doctor.

  14. Eating right, i.e. mostly plants, not animal source foods is the key to staying away from the dangerous medical system. The book by Colin Campbell, “The China Study” gives a lot of the scientific reasons why this is the way to health. Since that book came out, many other studies have been done to further reinforce the ideas he wrote about. If you are healthy, then you don’t need any of the drugs or doctors.

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