FDA Warns Aleve & Naproxen users: Federal Researchers Found Excess Heart Attacks and Strokes
If you walk into any supermarket or drugstore you can casually pick up some Aleve, commonly promoted on TV. Of course, since it is a medication that does not need a prescription, no one thinks of the mild strain it presents to the entire gut, liver and kidneys.
But now we learn that this medication is added to the other ones that are a recent FDA concern. Simply, the FDA issued warnings of an increased number of heart attacks and strokes among Aleve users.
Naproxen or Aleve was part of an NIH study and had to be stopped since people who took naproxen were 50 percent more likely to have heart attacks or strokes. The FDA feels any use over 10 days should be under a physician's direct care. Common medications are getting a second look.
A National Cancer Institute study last week that found that Celebrex users had a higher risk of heart attack or stroke. The FDA warned doctors to consider "alternative therapy" for patients taking Celebrex since some researchers found a higher risk of cardiovascular problems.
Another painkiller, Bextra, according to the FDA, has also shown increased risks of cardiovascular events in some settings.
About two months ago, Merck recalled a similar arthritis drug, Vioxx, after similar problem findings became public.
FDA drug safety researcher and whistleblower, David Graham, who has been with the FDA for 2 decades, said the recent issues surrounding the medications point to larger problems at the FDA, such as a lack of agency accountability. The agency, he said, remains in denial about problems with the way drugs are approved.
"I think this asks the larger question, 'Why has FDA not done the job it needs to do to protect America from unsafe drugs?' " He said.
Graham said in his 20 years at the FDA, "safety has been at the back of the bus, if it's on the bus at all."
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SO WHAT IS A SAFE MEDICATION?
Some Things The FDA has Attacked
How About You Get The Facts and You Decide!
What a Novel American Idea.
So if a medication comes from Canada, it has a sticker or permanent stamp saying the source.
How About A New FDA Goal & Rating System?
Stop pretending that drug safety is something that is entirely certain and possible, and offer graded and educational ratings of safety.
Rough ideas to allow us access to all possible data to make our own decisions as adults.
If You Have Better Ideas. Certainly Let the Lawyers Running all Three Branches of State and Federal Government Know.Sincerely,