FDA new drug approvals hit 16-year high in 2012

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NoodlesNR wrote:

It’s ok, they’ll be recalling 37 of them by the end of 2013, when they figure out they cause a variety of cancers, tumors, clots, heart conditions, diarrhea, constipation, vomiting, impotency, sterility, etc etc etc…. And while they mention how much revenue this will bring in, they don’t mention how much was spent serenading congressmen and other FDA employees to allow their drugs to be sold despite the fact that the only safety tests done on these drugs are the by the companies who make them…..

Dec 31, 2012 5:18pm EST  --  Report as abuse
NoodlesNR wrote:

It’s ok, they’ll be recalling 37 of them by the end of 2013, when they figure out they cause a variety of cancers, tumors, clots, heart conditions, diarrhea, constipation, vomiting, impotency, sterility, etc etc etc…. And while they mention how much revenue this will bring in, they don’t mention how much was spent serenading congressmen and other FDA employees to allow their drugs to be sold despite the fact that the only safety tests done on these drugs are the by the companies who make them…..

Dec 31, 2012 5:18pm EST  --  Report as abuse
stateofstatic wrote:

Does it bother anyone else that the last peak (53 drugs approved in 1996!) in FDA approvals was during the Clinton administration? Don’t cheaper generic meds go hand in hand with affordable health care? Seems like a pretty big contradiction…

Dec 31, 2012 5:39pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Phildan55 wrote:

OK, So where’s the approval for CANNABIS !!!!???? 5000 YEARS OF TESTING !!!
in recorded history. Prohibition needs to end, there is no reason to delay any longer. I need my medicine to be legal, so I don’t have to go in the street. I think it’s safe to assume there’s no problem with even heavy use ! And there’s every right to assume this plant has many, many, uses. It’s a MEDICAL MARVEL !! Ever hear of anyone DYING from Cannabis ? Forget about that other stuff, all you need is cannabis !

Dec 31, 2012 6:28pm EST  --  Report as abuse
ConstFundie wrote:

Drugs for Business approved by Business.

@Phildan55, I am for the right of adults to use mj, but there is nothing inherently healthy about it, even though it may be useful to treat disease symptoms.

And yes, people have died from cannabis, in the same way that people have died of cigarette and alcohol use. Habitual inhalation of plant combustion products significantly increases risk of oral and lung disease and cancer, and stroke and heart disease. Further, it is associated with paranoid episodes, and significantly increases risk of accidents, which have resulted in death.

Dec 31, 2012 7:20pm EST  --  Report as abuse
amibovvered wrote:

Touché NoodlesMR.

Dec 31, 2012 9:35pm EST  --  Report as abuse

“U.S. drug companies have lost about $21 billion in revenue this year from lucrative medicines coming off patent”

And people still think patents are good things? As much as people complain about high prescription costs, thought should be given as to why that is so. Take the patent money out of medications and maybe you will start seeing cures for things instead of new medicines to treat all those symptoms. If there was a cure for cancer sitting in some pharmaceutical company vault, what makes people think they would choose “for humanities sake” over “for profits sake”. As long as the promise of profit secured by government monopoly through patent exists, the choice will be made to profit over all else. Any cures will just sit in the vaults.

Funny how “39 new drugs” leaves makers “poised for growth” after “LOSING” billions due to “patent expirations”. That free competition stuff is for the birds!

Jan 01, 2013 9:33am EST  --  Report as abuse
JorgeSerrano wrote:

But Big Pharma owns a lot of the generic manufacturers already. They´ve got both markets covered.

What´s the real reason for the upturn in approvals?

Jan 01, 2013 8:45pm EST  --  Report as abuse
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