The Food and Drug Administration was created as a way to protect the American public from untested drugs and foods that can be harmful to your health. The FDA approval process is actually one of the strictest in the entire world which means that you can have some confidence in the products that meet the FDA regulations. But there are some things that the FDA won’t tell you, which may make you think twice before trusting everything they say.
No Budget for Increased Inspections
There are new regulations that require the FDA to do more inspections of foods that are produced as well as inspecting more imported foods and manufacturing facilities. Unfortunately, the budget for these FDA regulations simply isn’t there.
Waiting to Take Action
For the most part, the FDA cannot take action against a food manufacturer or company until there have been reported cases of food poisoning or other problems. By the time you hear about the recall on the affected foods, you could have already eaten it.
About 48 million people in the United States are affected by food poisoning every year. That means about one person in every six gets sick simply from foods that have gone through the FDA approval process and passed it. Of those 48 million, nearly 130,000 of them end up in the hospital due to food poisoning and 3,000 of them die as a result of contaminated foods.
You Can Buy Drugs from Canada
As long as you are buying medications for personal use, the FDA regulations are lenient in this area. While it is technically illegal to bring medications across the border, the FDA does not typically enforce this law as long as the prescriptions are being purchased for personal use. The thing to look for with international pharmacies is that they have a physical address and contact information for the staff. These pharmacies are probably safe, and they generally provide legitimate prescription drugs at a more affordable price.
Clinical Trials aren’t Always Completed
Many people think that any drug has to go through the entire FDA approval process before they can be prescribed. But many drugs don’t always go through the entire process of the clinical trials before being offered to the general public. In fact, the number of medications that have not completed clinical trials has more than doubled between 1994 and 2004.
FDA regulations are strict in the United States, but they aren’t as strict as we have been led to believe. These are just a few of the secrets that they don’t want you to know. Unfortunately, these secrets could be harmful to your health.