In shocking disclosure, FDA admits to using people as guinea pigs

imagesIt might be shocking to some, but the truth is pharmaceutical companies act under an umbrella of protective immunity when it comes to vaccines. There is a little-known but very powerful special court for people who want to sue Big Pharma over vaccines gone wrong, known colloquially as the Vaccine Court, where almost nothing can go wrong for companies.

On the other hand, almost nothing can go right for people who have been injured or had loved ones killed by negligent vaccine manufacturers.

It’s actual title is the Office of Special Masters of the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, and it administers a no-fault system for litigating vaccine injury claims. It was established by the 1986 National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act (NCVIA) in response to a perceived  threat to the vaccine supply due to a number of lawsuits in the1980s over the DPT vaccine. The government feared that large jury awards given to families of people who had claims against the manufacturers of the vaccines might cause Big Pharma to find that making vaccines was just too darn expensive and force them out of business, thus threatening the vaccine supply and “herd immunity.”

If only. But no such luck.

But Vaccine Court was just the beginning. Pharmaceutical companies are ever more fearless and aggressive with the testing and distribution of almost all their medications. There are never any serious repercussions for their “mistakes,” which of course often cost human lives. But because pharmaceutical companies have little to fear in the way of litigation, they act in certain ways as a nation unto themselves, making their own laws, creating their own reality.

Part of that reality is using people as guinea pigs for testing medications.

Remember Wellbutrin XL? The miracle drug that was going to cure the nation’s depression and help us quit smoking at the same time?

With the unfortunate side effects of causing suicidal thoughts and ideation, and paranoia, violent outbursts and psychosis?

Well by the time the FDA managed to force the drug to be pulled from the shelves, it had already been on the market for five years, causing untold havoc on untold numbers of people’s lives.

And here’s the kicker: the FDA allowed the release of the Wellbutrin XL version without any testing whatsoever. Here’s a press release from 2006:

“FDA has approved five generic versions of Wellbutrin XL 300 mg. Each of these generics was approved based on bioequivalence studies comparing the 150 mg strength of the products to Wellbutrin XL 150 mg. Studies were not performed directly on the 300 mg strength of the products. Rather, the bioequivalence studies were performed using the 150 mg strength, and the results were extrapolated to establish bioequivalence of the 300 mg product.”

Immediately after release, they started receiving complaints about the untested 300mg version however.

Who knows how many people were tormented by suicidal thoughts, or by having to deal with relatives going through that as a result of this incompetence? Who can say how many lives were affected or even ruined as a result of the FDA’s neglect?

Remember the story of Wellbutrin next time someone says, “Yeah, but that vaccine/medication/treatment is FDA-approved.”

Those are big words that mean very little.

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