It has long been known that financial support from drug manufacturers can affect the course of academic research, but did you know that it often influences what prescriptions doctors prescribe?
Nearly 9 out of 10 clinical studies have financial ties to the pharmaceutical industry, and the ties are almost never disclosed.
Doctors and Pharmaceutical Companies out of necessity work together to develop drugs to help the patient and combat disease. It is a natural partnership. And one that benefits the consumer---us.
But, did you know they also have financial ties as well?
What does that mean to us, as everyday people? It means, the more they sell, the more they (doctors and pharmaceutical companies) make. Both doctors and drug companies benefit, as the doctors have financial ties to the sell of the drug.
Where does that leave us, the general public?
The 4th leading cause of death in America according to the American Medical Association (AMA) is:
An adverse reactions to prescribed medication.
This was the fact at the turn of the millennium.
Fearing my information was a little old, I searched the internet again to see if it were still true today.
Medical errors now claim the spot as the third leading cause of death in the United States.
Forbes published a report stating
"...medical errors now claim the spot as the third leading cause of death in the United States, dwarfing auto accidents, diabetes and everything else besides Cancer and heart disease."
Does this alarm you?
Here is just the first part of this article. I suggest you look up the rest later...
"In 1999, Americans learned that 98,000 people were dying every year from preventable errors in hospitals. That came from a widely touted analysis by the Institute of Medicine (IOM) called To Err Is Human. This was the “Silent Spring” of the health care world, grabbing headlines for revealing a serious and deadly problem that required policy and action.
As it turns out, those were the good old days.
According to a new study just out from the prestigious Journal of Patient Safety, four times as many people die from preventable medical errors than we thought, as many as 440,000 a year.
Back in the old days, the IOM experts had very little concrete information to use in estimating the extent of killer errors in hospitals. But with innovations in research techniques led by Dr. David Classen, the Institute for Healthcare Improvement and others, we now have more tools to tell us where the bodies are buried.
With these latest revelations, medical errors now claim the spot as the third leading cause of death in the United States, dwarfing auto accidents, diabetes and everything else besides Cancer and heart disease. Harvard’s Dr. Lucian Leape, the father of the patient safety movement and one of the experts behind the original IOM report, says the numbers in this new study should supplant the IOM estimates from 1999. That means hospitals are killing off the equivalent of the entire population of Atlanta one year, Miami the next, then moving to Oakland, and on and on.
These people are not dying from the illnesses that caused them to seek hospital care in the first place. They are dying from mishaps that hospitals could have prevented. What do these errors look like? The sponge left inside the surgical patient, prompting weeks of mysterious, agonizing abdominal pain before the infection overcomes bodily functions. The medication injected into a baby’s IV at a dose calculated for a 200 pound man. The excruciating infection from contaminated equipment used at the bedside. Sadly, over a thousand people a day are dying from these kinds of mistakes."
40,000 people were lost in the Vietnam War over a period of 10 years and we thought it was devastating, yet ten times that amount die every year from prescription drugs.
Fourth Leading Cause of Death!
Approximately 1.5 million people each year in the United States are injured so seriously by adverse drug reactions, that they require hospitalization.
700,000 people a year develop adverse drug reactions after they have been hospitalized for other reasons.
There are 61,000 people with drug induced Parkinson symptoms.
There are 1,500 deaths attributable to drug induced falls.
There are 16,000 injuries from car crashes caused by adverse drug reactions.
(This information is from the Physicians Desk Reference and from public statistics in 2005.)
By SHERYL GAY STOLBERG
February 6, 2002
By Gary Null, PhD; Carolyn Dean MD, ND; Martin Feldman, MD; Debora Rasio, MD; and Dorothy Smith, PhD
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