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The latest outrage against the health of humanity is the paltry fine levied against GlaxoSmithKline by our protectors, the Food and Drug Administration. The drug, Avandia, which was cited in 2007 as a potential danger, has indeed become one at the rate of around 500 heart attacks and 300 cases of heart failure per month.
The fine of $2.1 billion after taxes -- which may seem large to most -- is less than a third of Glaxo's annual profit.
Avandia was not banned; by a 20-12 decision it can continue to be sold to the very same segment of the population that is likely to continue harming. The fine is nothing compared to the continued profits that will result from the FDA's current refusal to pull this killer drug off the market.
But the call for the drug's demise comes as Graham and Gelperin say that Avandia is responsible for about 500 additional heart attacks and 300 additional cases of heart failure each month than would occur if Actos were used exclusively.
Originally posted by highlyoriginal
reply to post by gandhi
Good quote. And yes 500 a month... it's sickening (I can't say it enough).
How the government, in this case the FDA, allowed such a drug to be passed without more testing (or maybe they wanted this, who knows) is also grotesque.