For those who think the FDA is a bad thing

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    Firm Pushed Drug It Knew Didn't WorkAOL
    posted: 21 HOURS 30 MINUTES AGOcomments:
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    Health insurers and states are suing Eli Lilly Co. over the way it marketed Zyprexa, an antipsychotic medication. Zyprexa was the firm's best-selling drug in 2008.
    (June 15) -- Phamaceutical giant Eli Lilly & Co. urged doctors to prescribe its drug Zyprexa for elderly patients with dementia, even though the company had evidence the drug didn't work in such cases, Bloomberg News reported.

    Eli Lilly Pushed Drug It Knew Didn't Work

    Without any government oversight, I'm sure we would see much more of this nonsense.
     
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    Yeah??....When is the FDA going to get sued for approving Vioxx and Fren-phen??
     
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    Those drugs were approved based on clinical trials that showed them to be effective. The FDA can be duped also, but the fault lies with the manufacturer, not the FDA. Without the FDA, we would have hundreds of Vioxx's on the market.

    While I agree that at times, FDA approval takes too long, there is good reason it exists.
     
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    Big deal.

    That you can find one instance where the FDA actually ended up doing its purported job doesn't outweigh all the multitude of times that they've screwed up, and ended up killing people with their dithering and incompetence.
     
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    So you believe without the FDA, we would have less deaths and illnesses in the open market from drugs manufactured by the drug comapanies why? Because they will monitor themselves?
     
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    Sorry, but you are naive. The FDA like all regulatory commissions can be bribed and is, to allow only the highest bribers product pass when there is competition. If you think the FDA is not bribed and is not corrupt as hell, you need to learn more about them.
     
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    I never said it was perfect, but I take it you would have no problem with any quack out there prescribing anything they want as treatment? The problem is that the arguments here tend to be completely for or against. There never is an inbetween. Some people here think we should have zero government intervention and just let the free market dictate everything. It would be a disaster, but keep believing.
     
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    *rae* You really think this isn't already happening and that medical costs are high just because it costs a lot?

    Canada has almost no regulation, theirs does just fine, even great, so great the government can even afford to pay everyone's medical bills.
     
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    Because drug manufacturers and their insurers would want to protect themselves from lawsuits...Which they aren't right now, despite the fact that it costs more than $500 million to get a new medication approved via the FDA protection racket.

    Seems you're in favor of medications that cost too much, "orphan drugs" gathering dust on the shelves, and total lack of accountability for approval of bad medications, so you can have the illusion of Big Daddy Big Gubmint keeping you safe.
     
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    The FDA's model is theoretically sound, but buerocracy has rendered it impotent. The FDA is one of the many reasons American's DON'T have access to the most advanced technologies and treatments without traveling abroad and paying cash for them.
     

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