Prescription Drug Related Deaths On The Rise

When I was a teen in the mid 80’s, M.A.D.D. (Mothers Against Drunk Driving) came onto the seen when deaths related to drinking and driving were around 26,173 per year.

Prescription drugs taken as prescribed in hospitals are the fourth leading cause of death in the U.S and Canada, after cancer, heart disease and strokes. They cause about 10,000 deaths a year in Canada and about 106,000 deaths a year and over two million serious injuries in the U.S. (Source: Lazarou et al JAMA Vol. 279 No. 15 pp.1200-1205 Incidence of Adverse Drug Reactions in Hospitalized Patients)  When I hear these statistics it makes me wonder, “where’s Mothers Against Drug Deaths and a fanfare of publicity and legislation to curb the  unnecessary deaths due to medical errors?”

(2000-2010 – death and serious patient outcomes from FDA approved drugs) “These data describe the outcome of the patient as defined in U.S. reporting regulations (21 CFR 310.305, 314.80, 314.98, 600.80) and Forms FDA 3500 and 3500A (the MedWatch forms). Serious means that one or more of the following outcomes were documented in the report: death, hospitalization, life-threatening, disability, congenital anomaly and/or other serious outcome. Documenting one or more of these outcomes in a report does not necessarily mean that the suspect product(s) named in the report was the cause of these outcomes.” –

Editor’s Note: These data show “deaths” totaling 452,780 and “serious outcomes” equaling 2,816,297 occurred during the eleven years from 2000 to 2010 as tabulated from the FDA’s Adverse Event Reporting System for prescription drugs.

Comparing the five years (2001-2005) with the five years (2006-2010) finds that the number of deaths grew by +66.7% for the second time frame as compared to first. For the same comparative spans, serious patient outcomes leaped by almost three quarters (+77.5%).

How many people die of prescription drug related deaths each year?

How_many_people_die_of_prescription_drug_related_deaths_each_year – 783,936 people in the United States die every year from conventional medicine mistakes.

(2003 medical report Death by Medicine, by Drs. Gary Null, Carolyn Dean, Martin Feldman, Debora Rasio and Dorothy Smith)

Very little is spent to alert the people of the US about the hazards of prescription medication. By 2014, the global market for pharmaceuticals is expected to reach $1.1 trillion.  US Pharmaceutical Launches: Marketing Spend and Structure reveals that the average blockbuster brand in the U.S. allots 49% of its budget to fulfill advertising needs.

That’s BILLIONS in dollars to spend in marketing and LOBBYING for tweaking the system to maximize profits for Big Pharma’s employees and shareholders at the expense of 83,000 lives a year.

  • Direct advertising to doctors: Big Pharma spends more than $20 billion a year promoting their products to American physicians.
  • The distribution of free drug samples: the United States has 81,000 pharmaceutical representatives or 1 for every 7.9 physicians.
  • And the sponsorship of symposiums and medical conventions by the drug companies: drug and medical-device makers spend $2 billion every year for more than 300,000 medical seminars and “training opportunities”, often in sun-splashed, exotic locations.

Newton’s Law – For every action there is an equal and opposite reactionThis applies to chemistry as much as physics.

For natural healthcare that has not been influenced by Big Pharma, Palmer Chiropractic is located at 11400 Ford Ave, Richmond Hill, GA 31324. You can schedule an appointment or free consultation by calling  912-756-3433.

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