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URGENT ALERT!  

According to the FDA’s own figures, prescription drugs seriously injured 471,291 Americans in 2010 alone, of which 82,724 were killed outright . . .

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Special Investigation:

MEDICINE’S

DIRTIEST SECRET

This secret practice – condoned by governments and the medical authorities – killed 82,724 people in 2010 in the US alone

And all because drug companies refuse point blank to do the ONE thing that would cancel out most of these deaths at a single stroke…

But, read on because there’s a simple, yet decisive action you can take right here and now that will:

  • PUT A STOP to this shameful practice
  • SAVE many thousands of lives each year
  • PREVENT it ever happening to you or your loved ones…

What you are about to read is controversial…

It may alarm you.  It will almost certainly make you angry.

Some people with vested interests will try and dismiss it as scaremongering.

Some will claim it’s a complete pack of lies…

However, you are about to learn the stone-cold facts about MEDICINE’S DIRTIES SECRET taken from the most trustworthy, official sources, such as… the Food and Drug Administration (FDA)... the US Centre for Disease Control (CDC)… the British Medical Journal (BMJ)… the International Journal of Cardiology… the world-renowned Cochrane Collaboration… and from leading doctors and scientists who have dared to put their careers on the line…

These are facts about a cynical fraud concerning prescription drugs that is being enacted on an unsuspecting public.

You’ll discover that the consequences of this fraud are costing hundreds of thousands of lives per year and causing needless suffering to millions more…whilst lining the pockets of the key conspirators and their henchmen.

You’ll also learn about the incompetence, complacency – and in some cases – corruption of the key players in our system of healthcare – namely, the government watchdogs, health regulators and medical journals, who allow this fraud to go unchallenged.

But – perhaps most important of all  – you’ll find out how you can change these corrupt practices by taking one very simple  – but oh so powerful  – action right here and now

It won’t cost you a penny.

It won’t commit you to anything.

And it’ll take no more than a few seconds of your time.

And yet, it will force governments to sit up, take notice – and take action once and for all.


Take action right here and now!

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Stop Big Pharma… and help save thousands of lives.


Here at Agora Health in London, we’ve been researching health and medicine for over 15 years and we have more than 120,000 members worldwide who receive our free regular health advisory service.

Every day we receive letters, emails and posts on our websites asking for help from people whose lives have been ruined by a drug or treatment that has damaged them.

And they’re all saying the same thing: If only I’d known sooner…

What first drove us to lift the lid on the sleazy practices of the pharmaceutical industry was a sense of anger and frustration that people just aren’t being told the truth about the drugs we all take on a daily basis.

And as we dug deeper, we uncovered deceit, corruption and lies on a shockingly grand scale…

The Most Serious Warning We’ve Ever Issued

I’m not going to win any friends by writing this…

And I’ll probably be dismissed as a crackpot by people in the medical establishment who want to keep their sleazy practices secret…

There have even been sinister attempts to get this campaign banned!

But, our whole drug-based system of medicine is broken…

Beyond repair!

We like to imagine that medicine will be our saviour when we get sick. At least, that’s what we’re told by doctors and the drugs companies.

We’re told that medicine is based on scientific evidence and the results of rigorous testing.

But, what you’re not told is that this evidence is often flawed or fabricated.

You may take comfort from the fact that you’re doctor knows everything there is to know about the particular drug he’s prescribing you….

But in reality most of it has been hidden from him by the drug’s manufacturer

You may like to reassure yourself that health regulators only give the green light to drugs that will do you some good and won’t cause you horrendous side effects.

But, as you’ll discover in the next few minutes, the majority of drugs they approve are next to useless and do very littlegood whatsoever – whilst any evidence on their side effects gets completely buried from public scrutiny.

Medicine is teetering on the brink of collapse

Official sources show that deaths from prescription medicine have escalated over the last 10 years.

According to the US government’s Centre for Disease Control (CDC), pharmaceutical drugs killed nearly 38,000 Americans in 2009.

The FDA’s own figures suggest an even worse picture…

Their figures for 2010 reported 471,291 ‘serious patient outcomes’ from FDA-approved drugs.

This included 82,724 deaths – a figure that’s doubled in just 4 years. (Source: US Department of Health and Human Services, March 31, 2010)

And according to another US government agency – DAWN (the Drug Abuse Warning Network) – 2.3 million patients per year need emergency hospital treatment following an adverse reaction to their medication… and that’s despite taking the correct dosage as prescribed by their doctor.

Prescription drugs are now the fourth leading cause of death in the US behind cancer heart disease and strokes…and they kill more people every year than the 36,000 people who die in road traffic accidents.

Now, if a Jumbo jet full of passengers crashed every day of the year killing all its passengers, it would be a great scandal and we’d be rightly outraged and horrified.

But that’s exactly what these statistics equate to – and yet NO ACTION is being taken to stop this happening!


Take action right here and now!

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Stop Big Pharma… and help save thousands of lives.


So how have we arrived at a situation where the drugs that are meant to be curing disease and saving lives have become one of the biggest killers on the planet?

Ever since the pharmaceutical industry first began to exert its stranglehold over our system of healthcare back in the 1920s and 1930s, it has boasted… that the drugs it produces are based on solid scientific evidence… that they undergo rigorous testing to prove their effectiveness… and that they have a safety track-record that is second to none.

And during this time Big Pharma has always claimed that their drugs have helped to:

  • eradicate disease and…
  • ensure that we are all living longer, healthier lives…

But, as you’re about to see, we’re beginning to discover that these claims just don’t hold water…

It’s Official: Nearly 90 per cent of drugs and treatments DON’T work

Mainstream medicine enjoys a powerful and privileged position as one of the bedrock sciences on which our whole society depends.

It’s granted special dispensation under law.

Doctors and medical scientists are rarely challenged – we always accept what they tell us because their word is considered beyond question.

Executives from pharmaceutical companies sit on the boards of regulators, broadcasters and publishers of scientific journals, and they control what you can and can’t be told about treatments and remedies.

They fix it so that internet search engines like Google, Bing and the rest fall into line – under threat of legal and commercial sanctions – so that the search results you get when searching for a solution to your health problem are likely to belong to those corporations and establishments that have the biggest vested interests.

They lobby the BMA, the FDA and the Brussels dictocrats in order to get them to suppress any alternative medical view.

And they demand that any natural treatments or remedies are banned from sale in the name of ‘public safety.’

The reality is that, if mainstream medicine really was a properly controlled science, it would have to abandon almost 90 per cent of its own drugs and treatments. And that’s because there is so little evidence to prove that they work…

You don’t believe me?

Well that’s what a research team working in conjunction with the British Medical Journal has just concluded after reviewing the latest 2012 edition of the Clinical Evidence Handbook.

The BMJ researchers looked at 2,500 of the most commonly prescribed drugs used every day in hospitals and surgeries.

And what they discovered has shaken the whole medical establishment to its very core (although you probably wouldn’t have read about this in the mainstream media)…

The researchers found that – at most – only 12% of drugs and treatments prescribed by your doctor have ever been shown in scientific studies to have any benefit whatsoever for treating illness.

Now, you’re probably thinking that’s a worryingly low figure.

But, if you think this is bad enough, then get ready to get really angry…

Fixing The Figures

A recent damning report by the Scientific-Ethical Committees for Copenhagen and Friedericksberg Municipalities in Denmark found that as many as three quarters of drugs’ studies and trial data published in prestigious medical journals around the world are in fact…

Lies and spin…

…concocted – not by doctors – but by ‘ghostwriters’ and PR firms employed by pharmaceutical companies.

Here’s how it works…

When a pharmaceutical company invests tens of millions in the research and development of a new drug, the last thing it wants is for it to flop at the trial stage.

But if a drug does flop – as many do – then all is not lost…..

The drug company has a few tricks up its sleeve.

It simply re-designs the trial and repeats the process – sometimes as many as six or seven times – until it gets a set of results that looks good.

The company then presents the ‘good’ data to the medical journals and to the health regulators… (whilst making sure that all the ‘bad’ data about side effects and poor performance is destroyed).

They in turn give it their stamp of approval and announce it triumphantly to the world as yet another step forward for medical science.

Kerrrrrrching!  Cue the sound of cash registers ringing as all interested parties get paid….

But sometimes, no matter how many times you repeat them, a drug trial just won’t show what you want it to show.

It’s at this point that the drugs companies just give up trying to prove that a drug will do some good.

Instead they bring in specialist PR and marketing firms to re-write and ‘whitewash’ the data in order to present the trial results in a far more favourable light.

And everyone falls for it – hook, line and sinker!

Medical journals publish this ‘whitewashed’ evidence without ever checking the full study data…

Doctors rely on what’s published in the medical journals to make decisions on which drugs to prescribe us…

And we rely on our doctor to have read all the scientific research so that he’ll prescribe the most effective and the safest drug to cure our health problem.

So, what this means, in reality, is that when a doctor asks himself these 3 crucial questions before prescribing a drug…

–       Does this drug work?

–       Does this drug have adverse side effects?

–       Will this drug kill patients?

…he has absolutely no way of knowing for sure.

And this means that he’s putting his patients at risk without realising it.

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We saw earlier how researchers reviewing the Clinical Evidence Handbook found that only 12 per cent of drugs had any evidence that showed they work.

Well, if you also exclude the drugs whose data has been manipulated and whitewashed by drug company stooges, then the real number of genuinely useful and effective drugs falls to…

JUST 100

That’s right…just 100 out of the 2,500 that are commonly prescribed every day by medical practitioners.

Or to put it another way…

Just 4% of all drugs and treatments will actually do you any good.

Clearly, our whole drug-based system of healthcare – which the medical establishment would have us believe is safe and effective – is so broken and open to abuse that it’s impossible to have any faith in it.

But there’s one thing above all that the drug companies refuse to do… and the cost can be reckoned in human lives and suffering, as we’re about to see…

Withholding drug trial data is costing hundreds of thousands of lives

Withholding data from drug trials is common practice in the industry. Thousands of drugs trials never report their results at all.

Some companies even keep the very existence of drug trials a closely guarded secret and deny they’ve ever taken place…

…especially if the drug is shown to cause serious side-effects.

We saw earlier how drug companies repeat trials sometimes six or seven times until they get a result that looks good.

They then publish the ‘good’ data… and they destroy the ‘bad’ data from the trials that flopped so that no one can get access to it.

But, why is it so important to know this?

Because when a drug company fails to publish ALL the data on how a drug has performed – especially when it’s shown to cause serious side effects – then it’s putting lives at risk…

Hundreds of thousands of lives – as you’ll see from this sad example…

Back in the 1980s, doctors began prescribing anti-arrhythmic drugs on a mass scale to all patients who had suffered a heart attack.

All the published research showed beyond doubt that anti-arrhythmic drugs were very effective for preventing irregular heart patterns…

And since patients who had suffered a heart attack were most likely to suffer from irregular heart rhythms, it seemed perfect sense to prescribe these drugs for ALL heart patients.

However, things went disastrously wrong.

More than 100,000 people were killed as a result of being prescribed these drugs.

You’re probably wondering whether anyone could have foreseen this, especially since the published research had been so positive regarding the benefits of these drugs?

Well, the simple answer is ‘yes’…

In 1980 a trial of the new anti-arrhythmic drug lorcainide was conducted on heart attack patients.

Alarm bells started ringing when 19 per cent of the patients taking the new drug died.

The trial was hurriedly stopped.

Lorcainide was dropped for what was described as ‘commercial reasons’

But these results were NEVER published. (Source: ‘The effect of lorcainide on arrhythmias and survival in patients with acute myocardial infarction: an example of publication bias.’ International Journal of Cardiology: 1993;40(2):161-6))

Can you see how many lives could have been saved if only this information had been published?

Doctors would have been FAR MORE aware of the potential dangers of these anti-arrhythmic drugs and would have been FAR LESS likely to prescribe them for their patients.

However, if you think this couldn’t happen today – that we’re a lot stricter with the drugs that get approved – then you’re in for a nasty shock…

Because it’s still happening with many of the drugs most commonly prescribed by your doctor.

Many of these are high profile, blockbuster drugs for treating cancer, high blood pressure, depression, diabetes, heart disease, dementia – even cholesterol…

They’ve all been approved for use DESPITE the fact that crucial evidence on their effectiveness and safety has been WITHHELD by the drug makers…or else fabricated by PR professionals.

In 2008, the JUPITER trial, a large scale study of cholesterol-lowering drugs known as statins, produced overwhelmingly positive results, which prompted doctors to go on a prescription frenzy.

They prescribed statins – in particular the statin Crestor (on which the trial was based) — to millions of patients… even healthy ones.

Needless to say, this skyrocketed sales of Crestor and turned the drug into one of the top selling pharmaceutical drugs of all time, earning the manufacturers, AstraZeneca, billions of pounds.

However, two years later, in 2010, a group of doctors and researchers from France, put their necks on the line and accused the researchers of producing “flawed” trial results and of having commercial interests in Crestor.

It turned out that these accusations were true and, as a result, the JUPITER researchers were forced into a shamefaced admission that the benefits of statins had been grossly exaggerated.

Not only that, but they’d also suppressed information about the adverse side effects that had been reported throughout the trial… like an increased risk of diabetes, liver failure and dysfunction, kidney failure, depression and muscle damage, to mention just a few.

You may be one of the 7 million patients in the UK who are taking statins because your doctor told you they would benefit your health.

But in reality neither he nor you has the faintest idea whether these drugs will do you any good or whether they will harm you…

And it doesn’t stop there.

There are dozens more examples that we’ve unearthed of how drug firms and regulators are withholding information and endangering the lives of patients…

Here’s another….

…The BMJ has been campaigning for greater openness over the flu drug Tamiflu.

The drug was stockpiled by the UK and other governments during the recent flu pandemic, thus making huge profits for the manufacturer, Roche.

But the BMJ – in a joint investigation with the Cochrane Collaboration – found that Roche has consistently failed to hand over data from most of its trials on Tamiflu.

In 2009, Cochrane published a report in the BMJ saying that eight out of the ten randomised controlled trials that Roche used to demonstrate the effectiveness of Tamiflu were never published.

Cochrane researcher Tom Jefferson concluded that the evidence of its benefits – or its safety – could not therefore be relied on. (Source: The Guardian, 31st October 2012)

…and another

…According to the US Center for Disease Control, as of June 22, 2011, the FDA’s Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System received 18,727 reports of adverse events following the Gardasil vaccination – given to children to supposedly prevent cervical cancer.

A total of 2,799 of these adverse events were classified as “serious,” including encephalopathy (brain damage).

98 deaths have so far been reported.

…and another

…A recent report in the Wall Street Journal states that more than 15,000 Americans now die annually after accidentally overdosing on prescription painkillers – called opioids — more than from heroin, cocaine and all other illegal drugs combined.

Rising opioid use means that drug overdoses are now the single largest cause of accidental death in America.

…and another

… Avandia (rosiglitazone), the diabetes drug, was found to increase the risk of heart attack by 43 per cent in diabetes patients.

Despite knowing about this for several years, the manufacturer GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) and the FDA sat on the data, until finally they were forced to concede defeat.

Avandia was removed from the market in 2011 – some eleven years after it had been approved as safe.

According to official figures, more than 100,000 patient heart attacks can be attributed to Avandia.

And more than 50,000 lawsuits have been filed citing GSK’s failure to inform patients about potentially life-threatening symptoms.

GSK have so far agreed to pay a reported $250 million to settle 5,500 claims from the families whose loved ones were killed by Avandia…

…which is peanuts when you realise that GSK racked up more than $3 billion in sales from Avandia in 2006 alone

I could go on citing many, many more examples, but I hope you’re beginning to get the picture…

So, let me ask you this question: how do you feel knowing this now?

Pretty mad, I bet.

And, at this point, you’re probably wondering: Who’s in control of all this?  What can I do to stop this happening?

Well, there is something you can do and I’ll get to this in just a few moments..

And you’re right – there are government regulators and industry watchdogs who police the activities of the industry.

Surely, they impose their powers, denounce these scandalous practices, dish out hefty fines and make examples of the culprits?


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Stop Big Pharma… and help save thousands of lives.


Well, it’s true that the pharmaceutical industry has paid out nearly $15 billion in fines to US government agencies over the last 5 years alone . . . peanuts when you compare it to the estimated $500 billion the industry has earned over the same period

Their offences have included:

–       Illegal off label promotion of drugs (where a drug licensed for treating one illness is marketed as a treatment for another illness for which no licence has ever been granted)

–       Giving financial bribes to doctors and hospitals

–       Hiding information on the side effects of their drugs

–       Colluding to maintain a monopoly on a drug whose patent has expired

–       Tax fraud

But most of these fines have been the result of an industry whistle-blower leaking information about these corrupt practices to the media.

Practically none of the fines have been the result of the rigorous investigative prowess of the regulators.

Regulators such as the British Medical Association, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in the US, the General Medical Council, the Royal College of General Practice, Surgery and Physicians, the Academy of Medical Sciences, the pharmacists’ organisations and all the other governing bodies have simply sat on their hands and looked the other way.

And it’s only when you dig a little deeper that you find out why…

Most of them are receiving some form of payment or sponsorship from drug companies.

Many of the ‘experts’ who sit on FDA advisory committees are paid consultants for one or another of the drugs companies, whose products they’re supposed to monitor.

For example, four of the six experts on the advisory committee that first approved the controversial arthritis drug – Vioxx – which was estimated to have cost the lives of 60,000 patients – had connections to the pharmaceutical industry.

Vioxx was withdrawn from sale in 2005 when it was found that patients taking this drug quadrupled their risk of heart attack and stroke – a fact that was withheld from the published research.

Merck, its US manufacturer, has ended up paying nearly $6 billion in fines and compensation to the victims’ relatives.

So, if you can’t trust the industry to tell you the truth about their drugs…

If you can’t rely on your doctor knowing how safe and effective a drug really is…

And, if you can’t trust the regulators to look after your best interests…

…what can you do?

Well, the good news is that there is decisive action you can take – right here and now – to stop this sleazy practice.

You… your friends… your family… your work colleagues… people you know through social media, such as Twitter and Facebook… you  can all do this simple thing that I’m about to tell you.

It’s something so devastatingly simple – and yet powerful – that it will be a complete game-changer.

Simply, sign our PETITION FOR SAFER MEDICINE here to force drugs companies to stop withholding information about the effectiveness and safety of their drugs from patients and doctors.

By signing our petition, you’ll not only register your complete disgust at the sleazy practices of the pharmaceutical industry…

…but you’ll also be instrumental in forcing governments to sit up, take notice and change the law relating to drugs trials and full disclosure of information.

And – not least – you’ll even be saving lives.  Possibly even your own.

We are beginning by launching this campaign to our 120,000 members and plan to extend it worldwide so that we get more than 1 million email signatures.

We’ll then present this evidence to the UK government and to other governments around the world and put pressure on them to change the law and to make the pharmaceutical industry fully accountable for their actions.

This is your chance to get your voice heard and make a real difference to people’s lives.

Remember: Tens of thousands of people are losing their lives every year because drug companies are withholding information.

So, please make sure you sign our petition now – and make sure you forward this on to everyone you know.

Thank you,

Rachael Linkie
Editor
Agora Health

Campaign For Safer Medicine


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