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«The implication of drugs in common pathologies is very important. Medicines produce diseases that are not distinguished from the others. They can give you a heart attack, or you can fall and break your femur, or a psychotic attack.
«Only in Catalonia there are between 6,000 and 9,000 femur neck fractures a year: between 13 and 14% of them have to do with omeoprazole and similar drugs. It makes calcium absorption difficult and people who take it regularly develop osteoporosis. 8.4% of fractures are caused by sleeping pills. More than 300 have to do with antidepressants.
“The pharmaceutical industry is medicalizing everything. Laboratories invent diseases, turn sadness into depression, shyness into social phobia, or cholesterol into disease. Pharmaceutical lobbies promote more lies than drugs. They say they are more effective than they really are. '
'Although marketing permits are granted by the European Medicines Agency, each country can decide whether to finance a certain medicine. In Spain all the novelties are financed. For example, there are six anti-neoplastic drugs that Britain has refused to fund and which are funded here. '
"When a drug goes on the market, it is so little known, because it has been studied so little, that we are not sure that it cannot have serious unwanted effects."
«In Spain we polymedicated ourselves. 15 years ago between 12 and 13 prescriptions were given per person per year. Now almost 20. At least half of the drugs we take are unnecessary. There are people who take sleeping medication throughout their lives, however after three or four weeks the body has already assimilated it and it is as effective as placebo.
'Laboratories do not give public access to clinical trials. Nor do they give it to the health system. The Spanish Agency for Medicines and Health Products approves medicines without seeing the data of each of the patients who have participated in the trials.
'The time it takes to withdraw a drug because it produces serious unwanted effects has gone from six or seven years in 2004 to 12 or 14 years today. It costs much more to remove them, and this is due to the growing influence of the industry on health systems, as the Council of Europe has denounced. (the world)