Where do experts come from? They come from the general population and are differentiated only by their education and certifications. The title Expert can not be substituted with the title omnipotent. Experts make errors, falsify data, and lie just like members in the general population. Their titles add credibility to their work which sometimes receives favorable treatment. There is less scrutinization allowing for faster approvals in many cases. The human component within all “Experts” create the same potential flaws as anyone from the general population.
The purpose of mentioning this is to clarify the changes we have seen with health care policies over the years. We rely on the “Experts” to provide honest reliable information and expect their policies to provide safe and effective results. I have listed 3 short examples where changes or challenges to existing policies have occurred. The point of these examples is to prove that expert testimony does not conclusively provide accurate information all the time upon which policy decisions are made.
Over The Counter and Prescription Pain Medication
In 1996 The New York Times reported:
The facts of the situation, experts agree, are that pain relievers are safe in ordinary use.
In 2015, the FDA announced:
“plans exist to beef up existing heart attack and stroke warnings for both over the counter and prescription pain relievers.” (OTC and Prescription NSAIDs) Examples include: 1. Advil, 2. Aleve, 3. Motrin, 4. Aspirin, 5. Celebrex, 6. Voltaren, 7. Naprosyn
Fen Phen (The Diet Pill)
Ultimately, this drug was pulled from the market. There were over 34,000 deaths that resulted from this diet pill.
“What was particularly shocking to me was that on the heels of reporting that this drug caused a fatal, incurable disease in Europe, the company was planning to put it on the American marketplace,” says Dr. Stuart Rich, who co-authored the pulmonary hypertension study. Despite testimony from Dr. Rich and the opinions of two experts on neurotoxicity, the FDA approved dexfenfluramine in April 1996. “Just three months after the introduction, doctors were writing 85,000 prescriptions a week.
2010 Deputy Director at the FDA Eric Colman said the FDA doesn’t think any drug will “cure the obesity problem in this country” and expects some side effects to emerge after drugs are on the market and used in a broader population. “One thing we’re always saying to people but it doesn’t necessarily sink in is that we certainly don’t know everything about a drug when it is approved.” Colman said. “More often than not, there will be safety issues that arise.”
“Children should get vaccinated against preventable and potentially deadly diseases. Period.” That’s what a project that screened more than 20,000 scientific titles and 67 papers on vaccine safety concluded this week. The review appeared in the latest edition of the medical journal Pediatrics.
14 Dangerous Side Effects Linked to Vaccination, Institute Of Medicine Report Says.
(Note: I did not list all 14 to keep the article a reasonable length)
In the first comprehensive safety review in nearly two decades, the Institute of Medicine found convincing scientific evidence for a causal relationship between certain vaccines and serious adverse health outcomes. This included:
Vaccine strain varicella zoster infection after vaccination without other organ involvement;
Vaccine strain varicella zoster infection and subsequent infection resulting in pneumonia, encephalitis, meningitis or hepatitis in individuals with demonstrated immunodeficiences;
Measles-Mumps-Rubella (MMR) Vaccine
Measles inclusion body encephalitis
Febrile seizures, a type of seizure that occurs in infants and young children in association with fever
Short-term joint pain (arthralgia) in children and women
Other findings revealed:
Six types of vaccines — MMR, varicella zoster (chickenpox), influenza, hepatitis B, meningococcal, and tetanus-containing vaccines — are linked to anaphylaxis (severe, potentially life-threatening allergic reaction). The HPV vaccine was also linked to anaphylaxis in yeast-sensitive individuals.