Millions of private patients are taking medications that have never been reviewed by the government for safety and effectiveness, an Associated Press investigation found. And taxpayers have shelled out at least $200 million since 2004 for the unapproved medications that are still covered under Medicaid, according to the AP’s analysis of federal data has found.
The availability of unapproved prescription drugs to the public may create a dangerous false sense of security. Dozens of deaths have been linked to them.
The medications date back decades, before the Food and Drug Administration tightened its review of drugs in the early 1960s. The FDA says it is trying to squeeze them from the market, but conflicting federal laws allow the Medicaid health program for low-income people to pay for them.
Why is it that all the crap in the world gets dumped on poor and uninformed people?
It doesn’t matter if it’s here in the good old USA or on third world countries desperate for help.
It’s ELITISM in it’s worse form. Let those worthless poor people take all the risks. After all they are not paying for it, are they?
The ruling class doesn’t give a damn unless it directly effects them.
That’s why they rush to bail out their rich crony’s companies. The rich help the rich and the rest of us get royally screwed.
This is just another example.
Well here’s another place we can save some money in our budget. Stop paying for unapproved drugs. Insurance companies don’t pay for these.
And another question arises that I didn’t see addressed. I wonder how many of these unapproved drugs are being paid for by Medicare and/or the Medicare approved drug plans?
I bet if that got examined closer, we’d find even more there.
Not to long ago, I wrote that if Gov’t bureaucracies can’t do the job, they need to be eliminated, downsized or replaced with something that does the job. Some people believe that the FDA is doing a good job.
To that I say BS!!!!!!! Here’s another example of the BAD JOB they are doing from the same article.
The FDA does not appear to have a systematic mechanism to report these drugs out,” said Jon Glaudemans, senior vice president of Avalere Health, a health care industry information company, “and there doesn’t seem to be a systematic process by which health insurance programs can validate their status. And everyone is pointing the finger at someone else as to why we can’t get there.”
The FDA can’t protect us from BAD drugs, BAD food, or anything else for that matter. Perhaps we should just let the system take its course. If companies put out a dangerous product, then they get sued instead of the Bushie Republican agenda which is let these rich fatcat corporate fascists put out crap and take away or limit your right to liitgate.
Imagine how much money we could save if we got rid of all these bureaucracies that aren’t doing what they are suppose to be doing.
And since Medicaid has no way of knowing that they are paying for dangerous and unapproved drugs, then it will probably take a S**T load of money to fix that problem as well. It’s got to stop somewhere.