Bad Drugs Need More Oversight not Less

With all the issues surrounding prescription drugs, the Bush Administration wants to give drug oversight exclusively to an already overburdened, underfunded FDA. Drugs such as Vioxx, Zetia, Vytorin, Seroquel, Chantix, and Avandia have all been linked to dangerous, sometimes lethal side effects. Most recently, the blood thinning drug heparin, imported from China, was found to be contaminated, resulting in 19 deaths. In the wake of the heparin debacle, consumers and physicians are calling on drug manufacturers to place the country of origin on the drug’s label. All this leads me to believe that we need more drug oversight not less. What the Bush Administration and the large pharmaceutical companies deem excessive regulation, the consumer rightly calls proper safeguards and consumer protection.