The FDA Acts as Godfather for the Medical Mafia

The FDA is protects Big Pharma, not consumers or patients. Even as some courageous souls speak out, willful disinformation creates willful ignorance among most doctors, patients, and consumers. The creation of a pill popping culture has been established and the consequence is high rates of death by medicine and declining public health, which creates even more business for the medical mafia.

This is not just an opion. Several credentialed insiders have voiced this over the last few decades. Their statements are mostly not included in mainstream media (MSM). The media is part of the whole operation that won’t bite the hand that feeds it with significant revenue from advertising. Here are a few quotes that went unnoticed by the masses.

“The thing that bugs me is that the people think the FDA is protecting them. It isn’t. What the FDA is doing and what the public thinks it’s doing are as different as night and day.” Dr. Herbert Leonard Ley former Commissioner of the FDA circa 1968.

“The FDA serves as the pharmaceutical industry’s watchdog, which can be called upon to attack and destroy a potential competitor under the guise of protecting the public.” James P. Carter, MD author of Racketeering in Medicine, the Suppression of Alternatives.

Former FDA drug reviewer then whistle blower Ronald Kavanagh, Pharm.D, PhD claimed, “Drug reviewers were clearly told not to question drug companies and that our job was to approve drugs.” In other words, rubber stamp approvals for its client. Client? Yes, drug companies pay large fees to the FDA for their approvals.

Kavanagh’s adventures as a whistle blower led to a Mafia like retaliatory experience. Kavanagh told how the FDA harassed him as a whistle blower, “… [there was] witness tampering and witness retaliation. I was threatened with prison. One [FDA] manager threatened my children…I was afraid that I could be killed for talking to Congress and criminal investigators.”

Here’s a parting shot from whistle blower Kavanagh:

FDA’s response to most expected risks is to deny them and wait until there is irrefutable evidence postmarketing, and then simply add a watered down warning in the labeling. In fact, when patients exhibit drug toxicity, it is usually attributed to an underlying condition which we know is likely to make the drug toxicity worse.

This also allows the toxicity to be dismissed as being unrelated to the drug in any way. Consequently, toxicities are only attributed to the drug when the evidence is irrefutable. Thus the majority of cases where there is a contributing factor are simply dismissed. When you do raise potential safety issues, the refrain that I heard repeatedly from upper management was‚”where are the dead bodies in the street?” Which I took to mean that we only do something if the press is making an issue of it.

The Mainstream Medical System is Rigged for Corruption

Pharmaceutical drug companies are FDA clients. Since the 1992 Prescription Drug User Fee Act (PDUFA) the pharmaceutical companies pay the FDA combined fees of $2 million and more for each drug registration, approval, and license to market it. Since 1992, total of $7.67 billion in user fees to this federal agency has exceeded its federal budget, making it more a private company than a federal agency.

The FDA does do test drugs or medical devices. The FDA only approves the drugs from studies provided by the pharmaceutical companies. There have been many independent reports of fraudulent or poorly arranged drug studies and study reports altered, tampered, and cherry picked to provide only the positive reports while excluding the negative ones.

These drugs are then put on the market, often causing serious adverse events on consumers. Are you aware of how many prescription drugs are consumed without curing while causing serious adverse events and deaths? Even the FDA openly puts out statistics to encourage everyone’s participation with reporting adverse events to this government health agency.

This from the FDA’s website: Over 2 million ADRs (adverse drug reactions) and 100,000 deaths are reported in the year 2000 from correctly prescribed drugs. The FDA published this report to educate the very few who actually visit their site on the importance of reporting ADRs.

Other research has more recently come up with higher adverse and fatality numbers since the 2000 report used above. Yet all these ADRs are from FDA approved drugs. Something is very wrong with this picture.

Doctors prescribe them often, easily, and quickly, usually without much if any discussion regarding diet or lifestyle and with little scrutiny on the drugs’ listed side effects. Thanks to our system of medical education, that’s all they’re trained to do.

The most current prescription count from the Kaiser Family Foundation reports U.S. doctors wrote over 4 billion, 65 million, (4,065,479,343) drug prescriptions in 2016. A billion is 1,000 million (USA math method).

Keep in mind that over-the-counter (OTC) pharmaceutical drugs aren’t included in these adverse drug reaction (ADR) tallies. But they do exist.

For example, OTC painkillers containing acetamenophin as its active ingredient (Tylenol, etc) overdosing accounts for over 50,000 ER visits annually and almost 500 deaths annually.

Acetamenophin is a liver toxin, that hampers liver health long term if not overdosed to create acute liver toxicity. Yet it’s approved by the FDA for pain and fever relief in both OTC and prescription drugs

This Legal Criminal Drug Cartel Involves the Government and Mainstream Media

The FDA uses a few million from its billions from the pharmaceutical industry and federal funds to actively pursue banning various supplements or alternative practices. This helps Big Pharma maintain its medical monopoly that excludes all other non-drug treatments. The similarity with organized crime is obvious, with the FDA as the Godfather.

Mainstream media is so pleased with the millions received from pharmaceutical advertising and commercials that its science journalists usually praise and never criticize mainstream medicine or pharmaceutical medications. Instead, they ridicule supplements and natural medical practices to comply with their masters.

The pharmaceutical industry spends millions for direct drug advertising to consumers. This is pervasively influential with TV commercials (ask your doctor about …) with all those smiling happy folks enjoying life again after their miseries had been removed by the drug advertised. Only the USA and New Zealand allow this level of advertising pharmaceutical drugs.

The Pharmaceutical industry spends millions lobbying Congressional members and high ranking local politicians. Their estimated $240 million, almost a quarter-billion dollars, ranks as the most any one industry spends to influence legislation or government policy.

The Pharmaceutical Industry Wins Big Even When Heavily Fined

A 2010 report titled “Rapidly Increasing Criminal and Civil Monetary Penalties Against the Pharmaceutical Industry: 1991 to 2010”, listed several reasons high justifiable penalties and fines were levied on the largest drug companies on the planet.

This report expressed some concern that fines and penalties have not been commiserate with drug sales revenues in America that had gone from $40 billion in 1990 to $234 billion in 2008.

Even with several government fines, civil legal settlements, and the occasional huge fine, such as Pfizer’s $2.3 billion settlement with the Justice and Health and Human Services departments of the federal government in 2009, pharmaceutical companies are not deterred one bit.

The pharmaceutical industry absorbs large fines as the cost of doing business because they make much more each year than the largest of fines, lawsuit settlements, and legal expenses.

After several years of many adverse drug reactions and deaths are reported with many pain and suffering lawsuits settled, the drug company has already made its billions. This “cost of business” is well worth the profits for a business that holds profits and investor shareholders above public health.

Only after drug makers’ high profits are able to easily handle the accrued fines and personal injury lawsuits, does a drug get pulled off the market or the FDA puts their most severe black box warning on it, which many doctors may not notice or simply ignore.

A major example of the many disasters caused by bogus studies and industry ghost written promotional articles signed by doctors paid by Big Pharma: The disastrous Vioxx scandal perpetrated by Merck Pharmaceutical.

Vioxx, intended as a painkiller in 1999 for mostly arthritic patients, was eventually blamed for over 60,000 deaths, mostly from cardiac failure.

It was taken off the market in 2004, five years and 60,000 deaths later, not by the FDA, but by Merck, probably because the lawsuits were mounting and the PR was pretty negative.

Merck’s Vioxx settlements totaled $95 million in 2011. Yet it was a worthwhile cost of business as Merck had profited highly from its Vioxx revenue.

Many fraudulent studies and the use of industry ghostwriters publishing documents with paid doctors signing them blindly to promote drug prescriptions of poorly tested drugs see were discovered in the aftermath.

For example, The New England Journal of Medicine admitted to publishing an erroneous, biased Vioxx study, and someone who was published as an author of a 2003 Vioxx study confessed he had little to do with the research published in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

Despite the huge medical expense of its “healthcare” system, USA national health statistics rank below 16 other rich nations according to a large 2013 National Research Council’s.

Using media deceit and political influence to make big money from expensive drugs that don’t heal but instead worsen consumers’ health and keep them coming back for more because other options are suppressed is a crime against humanity.



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