The majority of Americans presume that drugs work, in spite of a wide band of experience – their own, as well as word of mouth from family and friends – that most drugs do not work.
One of the reasons that we still don’t connect with that all but obvious reality is that we confuse our reaction from the drug with its actual effectiveness against whatever it has been prescribed for. In other words, because there is a reaction to the drug – including side-effects – we go along with the idea that it is having some positive effect. Nothing could be further from the truth.
Here’s the sobering truth:
Glaxo Chief: Our Drugs Do Not Work On Most Patients
Steve Conner, Independent/UK – December 8, 2003
Allen Roses, worldwide vice-president of genetics at GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), said fewer than half of the patients prescribed some of the most expensive drugs actually derived any benefit from them.
It is an open secret within the drug industry that most of its products are ineffective in most patients but this is the first time that such a senior drugs boss has gone public …
This goes against a marketing culture within the drug industry that relies on selling as many drugs as possible to the widest number of patients – a culture that has made GSK one of the most profitable pharmaceutical companies, but which has also meant that most of its drugs are at best useless, and even possibly dangerous for many patients …
Response rates: Therapeutic area: Drug efficacy rate in percent:
* Alzheimer’s: 30
* Analgesics (Cox-2): 80
* Asthma: 60
* Depression: (SSRI) 62
* Diabetes: 57
* Hepatitis: C (HCV): 47
* Incontinence: 40
* Migraine: (acute): 50
* Oncology: 25
* Rheumatoid arthritis: 50
* Schizophrenia: 60
These response rates are nothing more than RESPONSES – not cures. They do not reflect the true nature of the patients’ overall quality of life, nor do they indicate that people on these drugs would not have been better off not taking them or seeking alternative treatment.
Also note that these response rates do not reflect the serious question of the drug’s side-effects. When you take that into consideration, the drug’s efficacy rating plummets.
When will we ever learn?
Resource material: Depression, It Doesn’t Exist, Vassili, 2009, a guide to truly understanding, preventing, and curing depression; Monument to failure, Vassili, 2006; the most comprehensive study of the American healthcare system ever made.
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