The United States Food And Drug Administration

2428 WordsMay 28, 201610 Pages
The United States Food and Drug Administration, also known as the FDA, is the government agency “responsible for protecting the public health by assuring the safety, efficacy, and security of human and veterinary drugs, biological product, medical devices, our nation’s food supply, cosmetics, and product that emit radiation.” It is “also responsible for advancing the public health by helping to speed innovations that make medicines more effective, safer, and more affordable. Created under the Theodore Roosevelt administration under the 1906 Pure Food and Drugs Act, the FDA still operates as a part of the federal bureaucracy. What if the very institution supposed to be looking out for the public health and advancement of medical…show more content…
If you look at the 12,000 who die due to unnecessary surgeries, 7,000 medical errors, 20,000 to other errors, 8,000 to infections, out of 350 million people in the US, doesn’t appear to make much of a difference. What about the over one million people who due to what are considered legal drugs, some of which are even prescribed by your family doctor. In 2012 alone, over 259 million prescriptions for painkillers were prescribed. That is enough for every adult in the US to have a bottle. If you observe the opioid deaths in the United States, despite the severe rise in these deaths, thirteen states have actually experienced a drop in opioid related mortality rates. It just so happens these are also the states that have enacted medicinal marijuana laws. These states have experienced a 25% decrease in prescription painkiller deaths in which forty-six people die every day in the United States from this very type. In a country where opioid analgesics are responsible for more deaths than suicide or vehicular crashes, this drop may be the beginning of a pharmaceutical revolution. In the same country where someone dies from accidental prescription drug overdose every 19 minutes, one must ask what is being done by the FDA to stop this. The answer to this is quite simple. Nothing. In the past thirty years, approximately 90% of all the new drugs approved by the FDA have had little to no advantages over existing drugs on the
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