The Conventional Medical Establishment (CME) routinely prescribes dangerous drugs to its patients. They cause illness, disease, and death - but little or nothing is ever done to protect us from them.
Pregabalin is an anti-epileptic or anti-convulsant drug which has recently returned to my attention in two Pulse articles. The first article, published on 20th August 2021, was entitled "Northern Ireland GP's told to stop initiating pregablin for neuropathic pain amid deaths rise".
"According to the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency, there were 77 drug-related deaths involving pregabalin in 2019 - appearing in 40% of all drug-related deaths recorded that year - rising from 54 in 2018."
A routine report? Surely, this was the CME doing what it should be always do, something most people assume it usual does - to protect patients from pharmaceutical drugs that cause them harm.
The second article, published on 27th September 2021, was entitled "MHRA (the UK's drug regulator) has no plans to curb pregabalin prescribing by GP's".
"The drug was removed from the country’s formulary as the preferred option for the treatment of neuropathic pain but GPs will still be able to prescribe pregabalin where they deem it to be ‘clinically appropriate’. Now the MHRA has confirmed to Pulse that it has no plans to limit prescribing of gabapentinoids, including pregabalin and gabapentin."
So this was the CME doing what it normally does: very little, or nothing at all, to protect patients from pharmaceutical drugs, even though the CME admits that the drug killed 77 patients last year, and 54 patients the year before.
This is not a unique situation. It has happened to all pharmaceutical drugs over the years, dangerous, but banned only after years, sometimes decades, of patient harm. This is why we cannot, and should not, ever be assured that the drugs doctors prescribe today are safe.
I have written about Pregabalin before. In April 2020 I wrote an article that reported a similar situation, "Health, Safety &
Pharmaceutical Drugs. Pregabalin/Lyrica causes death each and every year
- but doctors can continue prescribing it! So this is not a new problem that the CME does not know about!
Further back, in June 1917, I wrote "The NHS, Pfizer and Lyrica. Corporate Profit and Patient Harm", in which I described pregabalin (or Lyrica as it was then known) as "a nasty little drug, with lots of nasty side effects", including infection, ataxia, blurred vision, constipation, diplopia, dizziness, drowsiness, fatigue, headache, peripheral edema, tremor, weight gain, visual field loss, accidental injury, xerostomia, abnormal gait, abnormality in thinking, amnesia, arthralgia, asthenia, cognitive dysfunction, confusion (dementia), edema, neuropathy, sinusitis, speech disturbance, vertigo, visual disturbance, myasthenia, and amblyopia.
At this time, death was not listed amongst its "side effects". Nor is it still! Note that "death" is still not listed as a "side effect" on the Drugs.com website, a website that is supposed to provide doctors and patients with a complete list of side effects for every pharmaceutical drug.
The simple moral we can take from this simple tale is simply this.....
- ANY PATIENT WHO AGREES TO TAKE A DOCTOR-PRESCRIBED DRUG SHOULD NOT ASSUME THAT THE DRUG WILL BE SAFE, THAT IT WILL NOT CAUSE THEM HARM!
- NONE OF US CAN BE ASSURED THAT OUR DOCTORS ARE SUPPORTED BY A STRUCTURE THAT PROTECTS PATIENTS FROM HARMFUL PHARMACEUTICAL DRUGS AND VACCINES!
So we all need to be aware of how the CME operates, and avoid all of them.