by Jon Rappoport
January 31, 2014
File this one under: "studiously ignored by major media."
I posted this story in August of 2012. It was based on a Truthout
interview of a man who did drug reviews for
the FDA. He examined applications
to approve new medical drugs for public consumption.
Pharmaceutical companies must have their new drugs certified as safe
and effective before they can enter the market, before doctors can
prescribe them. The FDA does this certification. Thumbs up or thumbs
down. The drug is okay or it isn't.
Here's the story:
In a stunning interview with
Truthout's Martha Rosenberg, former FDA drug reviewer,
exposes the FDA as a relentless
criminal mafia protecting its client,
Big Pharma, with a host of mob
racketeering, including witness tampering and witness
retaliation." "I was threatened with prison."
"One [FDA] manager threatened my children… I was afraid that
I could be killed for talking to Congress and criminal
Kavanagh reviewed new drug
applications made to the FDA by pharmaceutical companies. He was
one of the holdouts at the Agency who insisted that the drugs
had to be safe and effective before being released to the
But honest appraisal wasn't part of the FDA culture, and
Kavanagh swam against the tide, until he realized his life and
the life of his children was on the line.
What was his secret task at the FDA?
"Drug reviewers were clearly told
not to question drug companies and that our job was to
In other words, rubber stamp them. Say
the drugs were safe and effective when they were not.
Kavanagh's revelations are astonishing. He recalls a meeting where a
drug-company representative flat-out stated that his company had
paid the FDA for a new-drug approval. Paid for it. As in bribe.
He remarks that the drug
pyridostigmine, given to US troops
to prevent the later effects of nerve gas, "actually increased the
lethality" of certain nerve agents.
Kavanagh recalls being given records of safety data on a drug - and
then his bosses told him which sections not to read.
Obviously, they knew the drug was dangerous and they knew exactly
where, in the reports, that fact would be revealed.
We are not dealing with isolated incidents of cheating and lying. We
are not dealing with a few isolated bought-off FDA employees.
The situation at the FDA isn't
correctable with a few firings. This is an ongoing criminal
enterprise, and any government official, serving in any
capacity, who has become aware of it and has not taken action, is an
accessory to mass poisoning of the population.
Twelve years ago, the cat was let out of the bag. Dr.
Barbara Starfield, writing in
the Journal of the American Medical Association, on July 26, 2000,
in a review titled, "Is
US health really the best in the world," exposed the fact
that FDA-approved medical drugs kill 106,000 Americans per year.
In interviewing her, I discovered that she had never been approached
by any federal agency to help remedy this tragedy.
Nor had the federal government taken any
steps on its own to stop the dying...