And the Drug Companies and FDA Try to Kill Us Again in the name of Profits.
Psoriasis turns deadly
Leave it to the FDA to wait until the last minute to finally sound the alarm a drug with deadly side effects. By now, I'm sure you've heard that Genetech's psoriasis drug Raptiva not only might cause a brain infection, but it could even kill you. That's a heck of a risk to be taking to clear up your skin.
As usual, the FDA issued a warning — but still left the drug available on the marketplace for those who are brave enough to take the drug (or whose doctor is stupid enough prescribe it). Apparently, the FDA doesn't think the fact the four patients who took Raptiva were soon after diagnosed with progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy (PML) in the brain – three of whom have died – is enough to pull the drug off of shelves.
According the FDA, October's advisory prompted Genetech to develop a risk evaluation and mitigation strategy (REMS) to include a medication guide to educate patients about the drug's risks. And yet here we are, a few short months later with at last three deaths pinned to this drug.
Psorasis is a chronic, autoimmune skin disorder that causes unsightly, scaly red patches to appear on the skin. It can be devastating to the self-esteem of the people afflicted with it. Psoriasis can also affect the joints. But that's mild compared to PML, a disease that kills a whopping 80 percent of those who contract it within just six months. Survivors of the disease usually have severe, lifelong neurological damage.
I'm the only one who thinks that the FDA is slacking. Even the European Medicines Agency (EMA) recommended a ban on issuing any more prescriptions for Raptiva, and advised anyone on the drug to immediately find an alternative treatment. This recommendation has since become law.
The EMA stated that "the benefits of Raptiva no longer outweight the risks because of safety concerns, including the occurrence of PML in patients taking the medicine."
I don't understand why anyone would risk the side effects of this treatment when there are plenty of natural medicines out there that can help combat psoriasis. I've also told you in the past about a psoriasis treatment from Spain called zinc pyreithione (which was banned by the FDA from over-the-counter sales, and soon after patented by Big Pharma giant GlaxoSmithKline, surprise surprise, and made available only by prescription under the brand name Temovate).
But they haven't patented licorice yet. It's been used for centuries for its medicinal properties and has been shown to be an effective treatment for skin issues like psoriasis and eczema.