The current system doesn't make much sense. The FDA demands extensive testing for drugs, denying them to hundreds of thousands of people in the meantime...then finally they certify that they're safe to use. And if it later turns out that they were wrong and there ARE nasty side effects, the government holds the MANUFACTURER responsible even though the government itself certified they were safe to use.Originally Posted by Kernel Sanders
If all drugs were "use at your own risk," the people who wanted to use experimental treatments could do so. And those who preferred to not take any chances could wait for independent certification of the drugs' safety.
Like I said, if the manufacturers are making patently false claims for their products, then they should absolutely be prosecuted for fraud. And in this case, there WOULD be a legitimate reason to sue them, even if drugs were "use at your own risk."Originally Posted by Kernel Sanders
Just because the FDA wouldn't exist doesn't mean that there would be no independent testing of the products. Doctors and consumers alike could get their information from these agencies. If a doctor didn't feel comfortable prescribing a medicine or if a patient didn't feel comfortable using a medicine, due to a lack of clinical tests, they would not be under any obligation to do so.Originally Posted by Kernel Sanders
The Better Business Bureau is funded by businesses as well, but it values its credibility as an independent watchdog group. If it lost its credibility in the public's eyes, then businesses would have no reason to seek the BBB's approval and would stop giving them money.Originally Posted by Kernel Sanders
Same reasoning here.
The difference is that people aren't dying due to endless delays because the government tightly regulates the finance industry.Originally Posted by Kernel Sanders
How about the fact that people are not able to use promising treatments, even if both the patient and the doctor want to try it, because the government says it hasn't yet been proven to be safe. The FDA doesn't even consider the danger of *not* being able to use treatments.Originally Posted by Kernel Sanders