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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

FDA Jail Time: Vioxx Off Market but not Opioids; Where's the E-Cig Danger?

While the US FDA and CDC cry about the increase in "children" using e-cigarettes the following little facts happen to slip out...

According to this article:  "The longer a person uses opioids, the greater the risk of forming a deadly addiction. But just how long does it take to switch from being a short-term user—say, while you’re dealing with pain after a surgery—to a long-term, potentially problematic user? A few weeks? A month?

According to a new study, that transition could take just a matter of days."

So let's put this in perspective.

All kids try cigarettes.

What if they (the cigarettes, not the kids) were this addictive?

Here's a handy chart...

Little Suzy sprain her ankle at gymnastics?  Little Jr. crash his dirt bike and break his leg?

No problem, here's some opioid pain pills for a couple weeks...

Why old doc hack-bush will give you a few pills.  I broke my arm and got 90 handed to me.  Good thing I was paying attention...

And little Suzy or Jr. ends up addicted.  Seriously addicted.

Soon their mom and dad will be down at the bank wondering who took all the rent with the ATM card...???

Now let's look back at our old, FDA-approved pals Vioxx and Celebrex.  As you may recall both were yanked off the market because they increased heart attacks in users.

The FDA said (see Wikipedia): "In September 2001, the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) sent a warning letter to the CEO of Merck, stating, "Your promotional campaign discounts the fact that in the VIGOR study, patients on Vioxx were observed to have a four to five fold increase in myocardial infarctions (MIs) compared to patients on the comparator non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID), Naprosyn (naproxen)."[41]"

If you study the link you'll see that heart attack rate went from .1% to .4%.  Not that anyone actually cared at the time but I digress...

And here's what says about death rates and opioid addictions:

Sure looks like these FDA-approved pills are killing people.  Seems like there is a significant percentage increase, like 150%, over a few years; very much unlike the .1 to .4% change for Vioxx.

But, surprise, the government doesn't technically track overdose deaths so, viola, no need to do anything about it!

Not true, unfortunately, for smokers and tobacco users.

So you vapers out there, don't worry.  You're safe from your e-cigarettes...

Dislike Trump or Clinton, how about putting these FDA criminals in JAIL for what they are doing to us and our youth...

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