The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is essentially the first and last name in pharmaceutical regulations in the United States. People from coast-to-coast have come to assume that the FDA tests drugs and medical substances for safety, giving its seal of approval if everything looks fine. Yet, if this was the case, why do so many pharmaceutical drugs cause serious illnesses and health complications each year before they get recalled?
The truth that you might not know is that the FDA does not test drugs initially. FDA approval only means a prescription substance is approved for its intended use, but it does not mean the FDA has tested it or verified its safety. This is understandably misleading to many people.
If you assumed that prescription medicines must be tested by someone before they go on shelves or advertised to medical groups, then you would be correct – but the party that does the testing might surprise you. For the most part, the only parties that test pharmaceutical drugs for defects and potential dangers are the pharmaceutical companies that manufacture them. The typical process includes the pharmaceutical company running its own tests until it is satisfied with the results, which are then sent to the FDA for approval. If the given information indicates the drug’s possible risks do not outweigh its potential benefits, then the FDA will likely approve it.
Asking a pharmaceutical company to research and test its own pharmaceuticals has some high potentiality for errors and biasness from an outside perspective. Knowing that no FDA approval could mean receiving no profits for its products, Big Pharma has all the more reason to do whatever it can to make their products look safe. It is not a stretch to imagine research data being hidden, exaggerated, or misconstrued in order to increase the likelihood the FDA will approve a drug for use and sale. The ongoing opioid crisis effectively began due to pharmaceutical companies advertising opiates as safe and non-addictive, with time proving the opposite.
Imagine if restaurants were allowed to conduct their own hygiene surveys and effectively choose their own health rating. Every single eatery would have an “A” and most of them would probably be in disarray in the kitchen. No one would approve such a self-serving system, yet it is allowed for pharmaceutical drugs that can cause significant health conditions if something goes wrong.
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