Everyone knows that medicine has saved countless lives. Civilization might not exist today without it. But in the most-prescribed country in the world, prescription drugs also are a leading cause of death.
According to Harvard University’s Center for Ethics, each year properly prescribed drugs in the U.S. cause about 2.74 million serious adverse drug reactions and about 128,000 fatalities: 350 deaths a day.
In 2014, the world’s top ten pharmaceutical firms pulled in $429.4 billion in revenue. Their profits ranged from ten to 43 percent.
With all that money at stake, it’s easy to see why you don’t always get the whole truth about a drug’s risks. In recent years, major drug companies have paid over $13 billion to resolve federal, civil and criminal allegations of fraud, many involving popular and widely used drugs.
One drug is a chilling case in point. It’s an antipsychotic pill called Risperdal, made by Johnson & Johnson’s pharmaceutical subsidiary: Janssen…
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