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Adverse Drug Reactions: Isn’t it Time Drug Companies Reimburse Taxpayers for Costs?

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NoDoz_caffeine_tablets_on_black The medical health community knows that most of the illnesses the medical system treats are iatrogenic in nature…that is, they were caused by the treatment and more often then not, by adverse drug reactions.  Why are we not demanding that the government recover the health care costs associated with adverse drug reactions?  It seems our taxpayer-funded health care system has become nothing more than a scheme geared to manage the epidemic illness resulting from outright pharmaceutical greed. 

 What are Adverse Drug Reactions? 

Adverse drug events are loosely defined as an unwanted medical issue related to the use of medications.  While the mainstream medical community claims these events are unintended, we also learn as a result of landmark class action lawsuits, such as the Vioxx case – 65,000 people died before it was pulled from the market – that pharmaceutical companies have lied repeatedly about the safety of their drugs even when their own clinical trials showed health damage and deaths. 

While many thousands of lawsuits are quietly settled for millions, the taxpayer-funded health care system paid for the costs of treating the medical events caused by medications that should not have been on the market in the first place.

Canadian Study: Adverse Drug Reactions Double the Health Care Costs

According to a Canadian study “Outcomes of Emergency Department Patients Presenting with Adverse Drug Events”, published in the Annals of Emergency Medicine, patients who attend emergency departments with an adverse drug reactions incur almost double the health care costs of other emergency patients and are 50% more likely than other emergency patients to spend additional days in the hospital.  Clearly the pharmaceutical drug companies sell more ‘medicine’ to treat what their ‘medicine’ has caused and there is no incentive to create safe drugs.

These medication-related visits to the emergency department are common and costly, and nearly 70 percent of them are preventable.” stated lead study author Corinne Hohl, MD, of the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. Studies have suggested that half of the estimated 100 million antibiotic prescriptions written in the community setting each year for respiratory tract infections alone may be unnecessary.

Adverse Drug Reactions are Preventable!

Adverse drug events (ADEs) are viewed as the most common cause of preventable non-surgical adverse events in medicine. It is widely known for example that the most commonly prescribed antibiotics cause thousands of severe adverse reactions annually, necessitating medical interventions to treat the resulting new medical issues. Countless Canadians experience adverse effects of vaccines requiring additional health care. These are just the tip of the iceberg of otherwise unnecessary health care costs – unnecessary because in most cases vaccines have a long history of being not only ineffective but health damaging and logically should be avoided, and there are natural alternatives to antibiotics in non-emergency cases. 

Should Taxpayers be Footing the Bill for Pharmaceutical Company Greed?

My point is that while plaintiffs are reimbursed for damages suffered through lawsuit settlements, as they should be, the Canadian taxpayer has had to foot the bill for the adverse drug reactions caused the plaintiffs, as well as the millions of others who experienced illness as a result of these drugs but did not sue.  When drug products cause  medical issues, taxpayers should recover the billions of dollars every year that would not have otherwise been expended had it not been for pharmaceutical company products and fraudulent behaviors.

Iatrogenic illness and disease (which is defined as illness caused by medical treatment) is the 2nd leading cause of death in North America…through deceit in marketing and clinical trials, pharmaceuticals are willfully creating huge health care burdens for taxpayers.  Why are we not demanding that our government recover these monies from these pharmaceuticals?   Plaintiffs in lawsuits are recovering their damages and expenses, why not the taxpayer? 

The Government Should be Co-Plaintiffs in Adverse Drug Reaction Lawsuits

At the very least, the government should be a co-plaintiff in all medication-related lawsuits, ensuring that if the suit succeeds, not only do the people harmed get compensation, but that the government (and therefore the taxpayer) are reimbursed for the health-care costs incurred as a result of the pharmaceutical defendant’s product(s) and actions.

Many of my clients arrive at their consultation session with me while being conventionally treated for 2-3 chronic illnesses brought on by psychiatric drugs, despite these drugs having been proven many times by researchers and in the courts to be responsible for these illnesses.

The fall-out from adverse drug reactions due to the deliberate marketing of health-damaging drugs should not be borne by the taxpayer, particularly in cases where the drug companies were aware from the clinical trials that severe adverse drug effects could be expected.   For this reason I have contacted the Canadian Taxpayers Federation  (CTF) with a request that they bring this entire matter to the public’s attention and instigate change in the way health care costs are handled. 

If you agree with me please send your request that the CTF tackle this issue to the President directly by email:

I’d love to hear your thoughts on this issue, especially if you are a taxpayer.

Read more:
Science Daily report Send Thousands of Patients to ER

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