Millions unknowingly taking unapproved meds

Millions unknowingly taking unapproved meds

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.

9 Responses to "Millions unknowingly taking unapproved meds"

  1. pollchecker  December 1, 2008 at 1:21 pm

    Have you heard of the “Working Poor“?

    These are hardworking people who don’t have employer provided insurance and don’t make enough money to purchase health insurance.

    In many if not most cases, their children are covered by Medicaid. I know this personally because I have been there, done that!

  2. gazelle1929  November 29, 2008 at 4:47 pm

    We’ll agree to disagree on FDA. No problem.

    But you did say: You can’t get on Medicaid if you’re not technically poor.

    Nope. My next-door neighbors, who are middle class same as I am, were blessed some years back with a beautiful baby girl. Some weeks after the birth they discovered that Cassi was a hundred percent deaf. Medicaid paid almost all of the costs for a cochlear implant for her and is, I believe, footing part of the bill for all follow-up care. Such an implant makes a huge difference in the quality of life for an afflicted child. Cassi is turning 8 tomorrow and is a very happpy, very intelligent and well-adjusted young lady. Her life would have been much less happy without the implant.

  3. griff  November 24, 2008 at 3:18 pm

    Got milk?

  4. pollchecker  November 24, 2008 at 6:28 pm

    As usual, you make some ridiculous comment that adds absolutely nothing constructive to the conversation other people might like to have.

    However, since you brought it up….I will take this opportunity to say something about milk.

    I consume a brand of milk called “Promised Land” that does not give its cows anti-biotics, Human Growth Hormones or Artificial Female Hormones.

    Now many milks are advertising that they don’t use HGH. Big deal. They are still giving the cows artificial female hormones to increase milk production. And they are still giving them antibiotics while they are producing milk.

    This is bad because immunity to many antibiotics can actually happen from excessive consumption of milk.

    And no I don’t eat ice cream, and I consume very little cheese or butter made from the same milk as they are high in fat.

  5. gazelle1929  November 24, 2008 at 5:09 pm

    PC:

    I think you should read the June 2006 publication by the FDA found here: www. fda.gov/cder/guidance/6911fnl.pdf . It contains a great deal of information about the controversy surrounding these drugs, the background of the legislative problems the FDA encounters, and the lack of statutory authority to really crack down on the people making these drugs.

    Many of them were manufactured before 1938 and Congress in its infinite wisdom grandfathered the drugs.

    But more importantly, people need to understand how FDA works. You will see references to “monograph processes” throughout the cited publication. The FDA requires that all new drug approval applications (NDAs) go through this process. It requires that the drug companies study the effectiveness and safety of the drugs and prepare monographs, which you, I, and most lay people would consider clinical trial reports. The FDA then evaluates the monographs and either approves or disapproves the drug.

    But their statutory authority is limited for drugs on the market prior to 1962 (and particularly prior to 1938). In fact, it is entirely possible that the FDA is not even aware of the presence of the drug on the market, since drugs that existed prior to 1938 may reenter the market without knowledge on the part of the agency.

    Yes, it would be very nice if all of those drugs were studied and approved or disapproved, but the fault lies primarily with the Congress and not the bureaucracy.

    Can you explain what you meant when you said that the poor people are feeling the brunt of this problem? I’m not sure where that came from.

    The bottom line in my opinion is that the FDA is doing a good job within the parameters the politicians have set forth. Remember that the drug companies are huge contributors to politicians, and they seem to have gotten watered-down regulations in exchange for those contributions. Believe me, eliminating the FDA would be a terrible mistake.

  6. pollchecker  November 24, 2008 at 6:21 pm

    poor people = Medicaid.

    You can’t get on Medicaid if you’re not technically poor.

    Medicaid paid $198 MILLION dollars for the past 4 years for these dangerous drugs that went to POOR people.

    Gazelle, while you and I agree on many things, I couldn’t disagree with you more about the FDA.

    The Food & Drug Administration is suppose to monitor Food & Drugs. They do a lousy job of BOTH even discounting the OLD LAW.

    They either need to work for the good of the people or we need to get rid of them…..in my opinion!

    And when companies make bad drugs, then sue the bastards right out of business. THEN MAYBER Insurance companies will stop insuring companies that are liable for making questionable products.

  7. Malibu  November 27, 2008 at 7:53 am

    Buyer beware! I don’t mean to be considered ridiculous but unless we stop buying hormone-laden meat and milk, there is not a whole lot the FDA can do about it.

    I read an article somewhere that the sperm count in American men is decreasing due to the female estrogen being added to the drinking water.

    Malcolm shrugging like Atlas

  8. pollchecker  November 27, 2008 at 7:49 pm

    JUST THE ESTROGEN IN THE WATER????????????????

    How about all the pharmacueticals in the water?

    I’m quite sure that many of the side effects of all the medicines that are being dumped in our drinking water via the toilet have a contributing factor!!!!!!!!!!!

  9. johannabartley  February 3, 2009 at 7:33 am

    There should be a powerful national campaign regarding the use of meds without a medic’s approval. Many people treat themselves and they have no idea how some pills can cause addiction or start up other conditions . I’m a volunteer for a few drug rehab programs and some people there are not just cocaine users as some would think. Some of them come to the programs to get clean after taking too many antidepressants for example.

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