The drug company Amgen has announced a recall of some lots of it’s anemia treatments Epogen and Procrit for glass particles. The glass flakes can cause blood clots, swelling of the veins,immune system reactions and other problems. Earlier this year Baxter International recalled the drug Hylenex for a similar problem. Both companies cite a reaction of the drugs with the glass vials they are stored in over a period of time. Glass flakes in injectable drugs, who really manufacturers them, the fictional company we see on television Shards Of Glass? It really makes you question what most of us are putting into our bodies, some of us on a daily basis. I watch the drug advertisements on television, and they all start off with blue skies, people riding their bikes, holding hands in bathtubs outside. Then, wait for it, the list of possible side effects. You may experience fainting, loss of vision, rectal bleeding, etc.
That doesn’t sound like a cure to me, more like more symptoms I’m gonna need even more drugs to cure. Sure doesn’t make me feel like being outside or playing golf. Maybe those two are in those bathtubs cause they fainted and the tubs are catching all the fluids escaping from their bodies. I’m not saying prescription drugs are bad in any way. My son is here today thanks to a drug taken by his mother during her pregnancy, that allows a woman’s body to keep a baby it really wants to reject. Oddly enough the drug was not created for this purpose, it is a side effect. I’m just really concerned with the number of recalls. When you decide to take a drug after being made aware of it’s possible side effects, that is your decision. When you put your trust in something you put in your body to help you and it actually harms you, there is a real problem.
Over the years many sick people have called for the FDA to speed up it’s process of getting new drugs available to the general public. I’m sure the drug companies also put pressure on them. But at what cost? Is the testing incomplete? I would surely think these drugs must have been stored in glass vials for testing. Why wasn’t the effect on the glass discovered then? Makes one think maybe they were rushed through the process. I take comfort in the fact that once a problem is discovered it is usually resolved quite quickly. No one wants bad publicity. Maybe we need to treat our prescription drugs like we treat a new model of a car or electronic device. Most of us know the first version usually come with problems that are solved in subsequent models.
Maybe we need to wait for the second or third version of the drug. Oh wait, IM DYING. Guess we will have to trust in the FDA and the drug companies to provide us with safe drugs. Guess I better look into buying one of those tubs and putting it in my backyard, too bad my view sucks. Anyone with questions regarding the drugs Epogen and Procrit can contact Amgen at 1-800-77-AMGEN.