Consumers Against High Drug Prices
Exposing The FDA's Regulatory Quagmire
CoQ10 Wars
Assembly Line Medicine
Collapsing Within Itself
Intolerable Delays!
"Unsustainable" Cancer Drug Prices
How Government Treated Those For Whom We Now Celebrate Holidays
Horrific Conditions Inside Drug Factories
When "Rules" Are Broken
Federal Death Panels
Science by Ambush
The Looming Doctor Shortage
Former FDA Commissioner Admits Risk of Bureaucratic Delay
FDA Says Walnuts Are Illegal Drugs
The FDA's Most Heinous Drug Approval
No Real Healthcare Cost Crisis
FDA Delay of One Drug Causes 82,000 Lost Life-Years
Deadly FDA Neglect
How Much More FDA Abuse Can Americans Tolerate?
Drug Company Pleads Guilty to Health Fraud
Why American Healthcare is Headed for Collapse
The Generic Drug Rip-off
Ending the Atrocities
Millions of Needless Deaths
Would You Tolerate This Abuse?
The FDA Indicts Itself
The FDA's Cruel Hoax
Fish Oil Now Available by Prescription!
FDA Threatens to Raid Cherry Orchards
Inside the FDA's Brain
FDA Fails to Protect Domestic Drug Supply
FDA Permits New Fish Oil Health Claim
FDA Approves Deadly Drugs, Delays Lifesaving Therapies
The $50.00 Toll Bridge
Dangerous Medicine
Cardiologists Overlook Lifesaving Discovery
What You Don’t Know About Blood Sugar
Jerry Falwell Attacks Life Extension Foundation
Life Extension Achieves "Impossible" Victory in the U.S. House of Representatives
Fighting the FDA
Patient Advocates Sue FDA Over Drug Access
FDA's Lethal Impediment
Don't Blame the Doctors
One Man's Ten-Year Ordeal With Prostate Cancer
A New Day At FDA?
The FDA Versus the American Consumer
Supreme Court Roundup
The Lethal Information Gap
Consumer Rape
Dying From Deficiency
Are Offshore Drugs Dangerous?
Drugs the FDA Says You Can't Have
Does Cholesterol Cause Artery Disease?
What's Wrong with the FDA
FDA Suffers Second Massive Legal Defeat in Pearson v. Shalala
FDA Loses Case Against Compounding Pharmacies on First Amendment Grounds
Ending The Cancer Bureaucracy
Victory in the House and Senate
Life Extension Wins in the House and Senate
Congress Recognizes The Prescription Drug Problem
Americans are getting Healthier... But the FDA Remains a Major Impediment
Are We to Become Serfs of the Drug Monopoly?
A Glorious Victory Over FDA Tyranny
The Great American Rip-Off
The Plague Of FDA Regulation
Health Costs to Double Is there a free-market solution?
The FDA versus Folic Acid
They Want You Brain Dead
Life Extension vs. the FDA a Hollow Victory: Why the Agency's Approval of Ribavirin is Inadequate

They Want You Brain Dead

The FDA has spent 13 years trying to stop Americans from obtaining low-cost Hydergine from overseas suppliers. Prices in Europe for Hydergine products are at an all-time low, but FDA enforcement remains high, thus causing Americans to pay protectionist prices for Hydergine.

Hydergine may be one of the more effective agents to prevent brain aging. Yet as nursing homes fill with senile "brain dead" Americans, the FDA sends its agents on "European vacations" at taxpayer expense to raid companies that ship low-priced Hydergine to Americans.

Some European suppliers are offering 100 5-mg ergoloid mesylates (generic Hydergine) tablets to Americans for under $20. This same amount of generic Hydergine costs about $175 in the U.S. Is it any wonder that the FDA is taking such aggressive actions against offshore companies that offer lower-cost medications? The FDA's actions are protecting the profits of the pharmaceutical industry. In doing so, it is squandering millions of tax dollars to force American consumers to pay eight times more for Hydergine than it would cost in Europe.

In September 1997, the FDA convinced a British government bureaucracy called the Medicines Control Agency to raid companies in England that ship medications to Americans for personal use. The MCA seized these medications under the guise of protecting the public against dangerous drugs. The mca took the unprecedented step of sending letters to Americans who bought Hydergine, stating that the product had been tested, the quality was "suspect" and the tablets were "not of the efficacy that legitimate manufacturers would have produced."

An independent analysis on the Hydergine shipped by the company that the MCA accused of selling defective Hydergine was conducted. The assay scientists noted, "On the basis of our laboratory analysis, we submit that the [Hydergine] tablets assayed contained the correct ingredients. The dose of the labeled amount was found to be within the allowable usp limits." The MCA thus intentionally tried to deceive Americans by libeling the low-cost Hydergine ordered for personal use.

According to a new federal study, health care costs are expected to double in the next nine years, while prescription drug prices will increase by a whopping 274 percent. The report noted that over the last five years, health-care costs have been kept artificially low because of the one-time savings Americans enjoyed with the switch to managed health care. Now that managed health care is facing the harsh realities of what health care really costs, Americans will soon pay sharply higher prices for medical insurance and treatment.

Americans pay the lowest prices in the world for most things except for health care. The high cost of medicine in the United States is caused by a regulatory system that has been allowed to proliferate out of control.

An example of how consumers become the ultimate victims can be seen with the pricing of such prescription drugs as Viagra. This popular impotence- treating aphrodisiac drug comes in 25-mg, 50-mg and 100-mg strengths, yet the pharmaceutical company that makes Viagra charges the identical price for all three potencies. In other words, the price charged for the drug has nothing to do with the cost of the active ingredient. Some doctors are prescribing 100-mg strength Viagra tablets and suggesting that their patients break the tablets in half or in quarters to save money. The problem is that Viagra tablets do not break easily, so it is difficult to obtain precise dosing by chopping up the tablets. Viagra is just one of many prescription drugs that cost the same amount per pill for any potency.

The costs and uncertainties of bureaucratic red tape are what forces drug companies to charge outlandish prices for the few drugs the FDA allows them to sell. Consumers are not "protected" by government over-regulation. In fact, quite the opposite occurs. More people in the U.S. die from adverse reactions to government-approved drugs than anywhere else in the world.

In most countries, little can be done to prevent government-sanctioned monopolies from financially raping the citizenry. Even in Europe and Japan, people pay artificially high prices because of over-regulation. Americans are different. We are the progeny of revolutionaries who did not tolerate government inefficiency and abuse. If you think you're too busy to petition for the abolition of the current regulatory system, just look at the medical insurance premiums you are paying for yourself, your family or your employees. The government says these costs will double in nine years. The cost of medical care would decline if the FDA's powers were severely restricted or abolished. Free market forces would create a medical renaissance free of inhibition by over-zealous bureaucrats. We know the FDA is incapable of regulating drug safety, since more than 100,000 Americans die every year from drugs that the FDA says are safe (see The Journal of the American Medical Association, April 15, 1998).