WATCHDOGS AT THE GATE:How our regulators let us down (and why you knew about this ages ago)

If you’ve been a regular reader of E-news for any length of time, you’ve probably got into the swing of things. Shocking announcements that are ‘news’ to a nation are just ho-hum humdrum stuff to you.
For example, the UK has been shocked into a whisper by a news programme last weekend that revealed the regulatory shortcomings of one of the drug agencies that monitor the safety of prescribed pharmaceuticals.
The BBC programme, Panorama, discovered that the anti-depressant Seroxat could cause self-harm, aggression and even suicide, a claim that the regulator has constantly denied. However, the programme’s reporters say that the regulator has been sitting on the data for 13 years, and has never issued a warning to the public.
What Doctors Don’t Tell You first alerted its readers to the dangers of Seroxat seven years ago, and pointed out at the time that the drug regulator had received information on 54 serious adverse reactions.
And, last week, the arthritis drug Vioxx was finally pulled by its manufacturer – five years after WDDTY alerted its readers to the drug’s shortcomings.
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