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Drugs Actually Cause Problems They Were Designed to Prevent

The U.S. FDA has recently concluded that two types of drugs can cause the very medical problems they were designed to cure.

Bisphosphonates such as Fosamax and Boniva are widely used to prevent osteoporotic fractures, but they now have to carry labels saying they can lead to fractures of the thigh bone. Avandia is widely prescribed to diabetics, a disease the increases risk of heart attacks -- two-thirds of diabetics die of heart problems. Avandia has now been found to increase heart risks.

According to the New York Times:

“... Companies are going after giant markets, huge parts of the population, heavily advertising drugs that are to be taken for a lifetime. And the way drugs are evaluated, with the emphasis on shorter-term studies before marketing, is not helping”.

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