Since writing this article, and a similar article for the Life Extension Magazine, it does not appear things have gotten any better and this issue continues to be all but ignored by the major media outlets. What happened to this poor kid, and many others, shows that a serious quality control issues exists in pharma. From a 2019 investigation called When Medicine Makes Patients Sicker:
“Over the same period, 65 drug-making facilities recalled nearly 300 products within 12 months of passing a Food and Drug Administration inspection — as was the case with the stool softener, according to a KHN analysis of recall notices and inspection records kept by the FDA.
Those recalls included more than 39,000 bottles of the HIV drug Atripla laced with “red silicone rubber particulates,” nearly 37,000 generic Abilify tablets that were “superpotent,” and nearly 12,000 boxes of generic Aleve (naproxen) that were actually ibuprofen, according to the recall data…”
So you’re at home watching the news…
“The reason pharmaceutical drugs are inherently safer then nutritional supplements is due to the fact drugs produced by the pharmaceutical industry are regulated by the FDA” says the talking head on the 6 O clock news. That’s the standard mantra people are told, and unfortunately all too many believe. It’s also false. The general message to consumers is, the extensive regulation by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) makes products produced by the pharmaceutical industry inherently safer then nutritional supplements, an industry often singled out by the media for attack.
One key point often made during such biased attacks, is the claim the pharmaceutical industry has high standards of quality control – due in large part to FDA regulation – while the supplement industry (due to lack of FDA regulation as the logic goes…) suffers from poor quality and or poor quality control (QC). Unfortunately, the total story would take up a book (and has!) but even giving some insights into how people are manipulated into thinking they are safe using “FDA approved” drugs when the easy-to-find facts show that’s often not the case…
The intent of this article is not to attempt to show the pharmaceutical industry and inherently bad per se, or the “unregulated” supplement industry as perfect, but to let people see the reality that the pharmaceutical industry is rife with quality control issues that so far, have kept below the radar of the average person. But why you ask?