Disturbing story on "60 Minutes" last Sunday about the drug Trasylol, which was on the market for 14 years to control bleeding during heart operations. There had been plenty of red flags during this 14-year period, but the real crime is the last two years. The FDA let the drug stay on the market even after a major study had been made public and published in reputable Journals, demonstrating without doubt that the drug was causing deaths! The best estimate is that 1,000 lives a month were lost during this two-year period due to this drug!
So, the next time you hear some idiot ranting and raving about excessive government regulation, tell them about Trasylol. This is a prime example of the need for more and better regulation. And when some idiot goes on about the threat from terrorists, remind them of 24,000 deaths simply because the FDA would not pay attention to information that was in the public domain, and ask them how many Americans have died from terrorism during the same time period that 24,000 of us perished due to FDA negligence.
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