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An investigation into the anti-smoking drug Chantix/Varenicline found many adverse reactions in the FDA's public database. The reactions included aggression, violent behavior and thoughts of suicide. "A follow report detailed how drugs are sent to market with minimal testing."
The American Prospect examines the deregulation trend in the pharmaceutical industry. The report finds that laws passed in 1992 and 1997 "left the Food and Drug Administration beholden to the very industry it is supposed to regulate, and the public vulnerable to unsafe drugs." The story reveals that more than 100,000 Americans die each year from adverse reactions to prescription drugs. However, President Bush, who received contributions of $456,000 from the pharmaceutical industry, will likely prove receptive to drug companies' pleas for additional deregulation, points out the magazine.
U.S. News and World Report reports "how cancer patients often submit to risky medical trials - and sometimes pay with their lives... Some researchers neglected to report adverse reactions to experimental drugs -- including deaths. Others coerced cancer-ridden patients into waiving their legal rights. Still others placed patients into trials that were medically inappropriate, possibly reducing their chances for survival.... No government agency tracks (all) patients who enroll in medical trials."
Prevailing Winds examines the FDA and its ever mindful attempts at refering to aspartame, widely known as NutraSweet, as a food additive--never a drug. Because aspartame is classified as a food additive, adverse reactions are not reported to a federal agency, nor is continued safety monitoring required by law. It has been found to cause brain lesions, headaches, mood alterations, skin polyps, blindness, brain tumors, insomnia and depression, or erode intelligence and short-term memory. Additionally, the Pentagon once listed it in an inventory of prospective biochemical warfare weapons.