Every single day, I hear someone talking about how horrible the economy is and what cutbacks they are making in their budget. I love saving money, don’t get me wrong but some cutbacks can risk your health. I’m a single mother and work from home. Money is tight for my family lately but did you know that your generic drugs could kill you because they aren’t as effective as the brand name, more expensive drug?
I will never buy generic medication or buy it in a foreign country and bring it home. I also won’t order it online. In 2007, ABC News reported that there could be dangerous differences in generic and brand name drugs after an alarming number of consumer complaints about Wellbutrin. Many of the people taking the drug reported becoming suicidal after switching to the generic form. ConsumerLab.com tested both forms of the pill and found that while the ingredients were the same, the rate of release was different! Scary, isn’t it? Wellbutrin is used to treat depression; if the active ingredients aren’t released in a timely manner, depression takes hold once again.
FDA Is Useless:
There are multiple incidences like this one. According to Doctor Micozzi, “The FDA declares a drug effective if it shows just 20 percent more efficacy than a placebo pill.” Yikes! Really FDA? It gets even worse. A generic drugs active ingredient can be 20 percent lower or 25 percent higher than its brand name counter part. That’s disturbing to say the least. So someone taking heart medication who starts off on the brand name in the hospital, goes home and realizes they can’t afford the expensive stuff, switches to a generic and is possibly taking a pill that’s anywhere from 20 percent less effective to 25 percent stronger? Basically, drug companies have a 45 percent range to do whatever they want with a medication. That sounds a little dangerous to me.
If someone died because of that difference, it should be considered negligent homicide at the very least. How can we, as consumers, ever really know how much of a drug we are taking? Don’t you feel you have the right to know what’s being put into your own body? Apparently, the FDA doesn’t think you do. What exactly is the FDA for, if not to protect Americans from harmful foods and drugs?
This is just the tip of the iceberg. Do research on the drugs that you take and you may be surprised about the differences between generic and brand name.
Paying for Safety:
I’m a single mother and just lived through cancer. Radiation damaged my intestines to the point that I cannot absorb nutrients as other people do. Without my medication, I would die in a fairly short period of time, most likely from cardiac arrest. If you’re like me, you probably need your medications to live. What if you can’t afford to buy the brand name pills and have to buy generic? It’s sad that we have to pay for safety.
I do as much as I can from home in order to earn extra money so that I can afford my medications. I am limited to a certain degree by health issues but won’t take generic drugs, no matter what I have to sacrifice. It just isn’t safe.