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What Is the FDA Thinking? | October 2, 2021

Getting the FDA to retract a decision is like getting the toothpaste back into the tube, once it’s been squeezed out.

Take the current all-star Alzheimer’s drug aducanumab. It’s not a proven but it IS approved. To the hefty price tag of $56,000 a year!

If the drug was prescribed to just one-third of eligible patients, it would cost Medicare $112 billion a year.

But that same society won’t pay for a caregiver who might actually ease the burden on families who have a loved one with Alzheimer’s.

The FDA does not and cannot guarantee that drugs that come to the U.S. market actually help Americans live longer or better lives (beyond what the drugs themselves can achieve).

At the same time, the FDA insists on interfering in the market and sets arbitrary standards for approval.

The combined effect is the worst of all possible worlds: we don’t know if drugs work, and the companies can charge massive prices for them!

Whose interests is the FDA protecting?

To find out more, read the MEDPAGE TODAY article by Vinay Prasad, MD, MPH: https://www.medpagetoday.com/opinion/vinay-prasad/93136?xid=nl_vanayprasad_2021-06-16&eun=g678261d0r&utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=VinayPrasad_061621&utm_term=NL_Gen_Int_Vinay_AYWDRL_Large_Active

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3 Comments »

  1. Reblogged this on Ken's Devotions.

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    Comment by Kenneth — October 2, 2021 @ 10:10 AM

  2. FDA has MANY reasons not to protect the people, MONEY and doing everything possible for BIG PHARMA & DOCTORS so they all can CA$H IN & keep the job security is their BE$T of both worlds to live in for non-stop MONEY to keep coming out of their water faucets or like money growing from the ground, not grass, or like money falling off the trees, not leaves. In any case we are nothing but NUMBERS to them. I do not know the names & stats for every person with a neurological condition, but for we who have epilepsy, THEY HAVE THEIR LOGO NAMES FOR US,, as we get treated in ways medically & personally as they at FDA, CDC & NIH all label us as NOT IMPORTANT in the ways they USE US TO TREAT OUR CONDITIONS, as to them we are not considered a human of the real world, in their own world of tagging & labeling others who are DIFFERENT from them. Thank God I am different, as they would never have the fruit of the spirit by any long suffering of theirs, which to them may be if & when God heals us all some day, when the RAPTURE will happen and suddenly maybe 50% of the people who took drugs, are SUDDENLY GONE, & CVS, WALGREENS & OTHERS will be asking WHAT HAPPENED TO OUR CUSTOMERS ? Hope very soon the hear that TRUMPET sound.Then Bill Gates & others can get more shots & take the drugs more.

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    Comment by James D — October 2, 2021 @ 10:26 AM

  3. Thank you for this…on so many levels. My maternal grandpa had alzheimers, my mother has it and my chances are pretty high too. Yes, this hastening to approve drugs in order to get rich is dangerous to all and expensive. This article says it all, not just about an alzheimers drug…I’ll leave that right there…we all know what I mean.

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    Comment by Michelle's Musings — October 2, 2021 @ 12:32 PM


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