Prescription-related illness – a scandalous pandemic
I know I sound a little like I’m overreacting when I talk about the dangers of prescription drugs, but the studies out there truly do confirm that, when all added up together, deaths from adverse reactions to prescribed drugs (that would include adverse reactions to properly prescribed as well as prescription errors) are the leading cause of death in the US. Period. Beyond cancer. Beyond heart disease.
There is no question that there are drugs that save lives. Someone experiencing a septic infection with a fever of 104 will probably be alive because of antibiotics. But how do you explain to the family of a patient that died taking a stain drug for their cholesterol that should’ve been lowered with lifestyle changes?