“In courts across the United States, more than 3,700 legal actions have been filed by people who say that taking Zantac and other ranitidine-based medications has caused them to develop cancers.” [Source: dailymail.co.uk]
It would be bad enough if the side effects of Zantac were simply an isolated incident in the pharmaceutical industry. Unfortunately, however, the legal actions filed by people who say their health was harmed by Zantac and other ranitidine-based drugs are just the tip of a much larger iceberg.
In fact, so dangerous is the pharmaceutical approach to medicine that orthodox doctors, hospitals and their treatments have been shown in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) to be the third leading cause of death in the United States, exceeded only by deaths from heart disease and cancer. The study, published in July 2000, also found that between 4 and 18 percent of patients experience adverse effects in outpatient settings, with 116 million extra physician visits, 77 million extra prescriptions, 17 million emergency department visits, 8 million hospitalizations, 3 million long-term admissions, 199,000 additional deaths, and $77 billion in extra costs.
In another vivid demonstration of the dangers of pharmaceutical medicine, a JAMA study published in 1998 estimated that in 1994 around 2,216,000 hospitalized patients in the United States had suffered a serious adverse drug reaction (ADR) and that 106,000 suffered a fatal ADR.
To learn the facts about the drug industry and its insidious ‘business with disease’, check out the ‘Laws of the Pharmaceutical Industry’ feature on our website.