From the FDA’s website:
“FDA is responsible for protecting the public health by assuring the safety, efficacy and security of human and veterinary drugs, biological products, medical devices, our nation’s food supply, cosmetics, and products that emit radiation.
FDA is also responsible for advancing the public health by helping to speed innovations that make medicines more effective, safer, and more affordable and by helping the public get the accurate, science-based information they need to use medicines and foods to maintain and improve their health. FDA also has responsibility for regulating the manufacturing, marketing and distribution of tobacco products to protect the public health and to reduce tobacco use by minors”
View the FDA’s full mission statement here.
Last January the FDA made an appalling stealth move to reclassify the ECT shock machine from high-risk class III, to class II; the same risk level as a pair of reading glasses. All without testing the devices, and providing nothing for patient safety besides suggested guidelines and device labels.
I encourage people who haven’t been impacted by electroshock to view the reclassification attempt, not as an isolated event, but behavior that reflects the true motives of the supposed watchdog agency.
If the FDA is making decisions like this in one medical arena, it’s likely they are shirking their protective responsibilities to American citizens in others.
A recent example of this comes from research byhas plumbed the depths of the FDA’s Medwatch or Adverse Event Reporting System (FAERS) using an ingenious algorithm he designed to translate the cryptic data into discernible information.
In May 2016 he shared his findings in a Mad in America article and also an interview with Dr. Peter Breggin in June.
His findings are stunning.
The FDA impacts everyone in the US and beyond
You may not be a shock or drug survivor, and our fight may have no impact on your life, but at the very least, you should be aware of the appalling actions by this powerful government organization that is funded by your tax dollars.
Tax dollars that also pay for drug prescriptions and procedures they approve and pay for via government health insurance.
At some point in your life, you and those you love will need medical care via drugs or methods that have been FDA approved. Medical care that in some cases may be used without your consent. You will depend on the FDA to provide appropriate pre-market approval testing and accurate risk information.
FDA decisions don’t just impact Americans; as the United States is a leader in medicine, what this organization decides will affect people around the globe.
What this agency does matters to everyone.
This glimpse of the FDA through the lens of electroshock and drugs shows a truly disturbing picture.
Old drugs being reformulated and repackaged, often minus risk warnings from their last medication formula, death by side effects, murder, and suicide, hidden from the public, and massive conflicts of interest.
I’m sure Andrew has only scratched the surface.
The FDA is not looking out for Americans.
Only awareness and mass social outrage will bring about meaningful change to this regulatory crisis.
Where to start
Please sign the #FdaStoptheShockDevice petition.
Tune into Peter Breggin’s podcast to keep up on the latest from psychiatric reform movment.
Review the history of the FDA and the shock device here.
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