Dangerous pharmacy slip-ups that could kill

I’ll wager this won’t come as a big surprise to you, but…

Big Pharma is not interested in your wellness.

They’re interested in your healthcare, though, because that’s become a huge money-making business where their biggest profits are based on lies about the benefits of prescription drugs.

That’s why the last thing they want is for you to feel safe about seeking out your own effective alternatives, many of which have been around long before Big Pharma existed.

As if half-truths and dangerous side effects weren’t enough to make you think twice before turning to medications first, there’s another horrifying problem with relying on drugs. This one isn’t often discussed, but it has reared its ugly head high in the past 18 months.

And this one, my friends, may be the deadliest of them all…

Mistakes where there’s no room for error

If you take any prescription drug, it is crucial that you are aware of a risk that exists, beyond any possible side effects or interactions caused by your medication.

It’s called human error.

In the beloved movie, “It’s a Wonderful Life,” young George Bailey stops the town pharmacist, who is distraught over the death of his son, from mislabeling a prescription in a way that would have had lethal consequences.

Today, things are not that personal, and errors in labeling are rampant coming from the manufacturer. Here are just some recent examples that even the most careful neighborhood pharmacy wouldn’t have been able to catch:

  • September 2018 – Camber Pharmaceuticals recalls a batch of Montelukast tablets (which my daughter takes for asthma) because some bottles may contain losartan potassium tablets instead. (Losartan potassium is a blood pressure medication and stopping it abruptly could have serious health consequences).
  • July 2018 – Fagron Sterile Services announces a recall of Neostigmine Methylsulfate syringes. Instead of a maximum dosage of 5mg/5 mL, the labeling on the syringes stops at 3mg/3mL, resulting in unintentional overdosing by physicians. Neostigmine Methylsulfate reverses the effects of neuromuscular blockers used to relax a patient’s airway during surgery and allow a breathing tube to be inserted. Possible effects of an overdose include nausea, eye inflammation, respiratory failure, and paralysis.
  • May 2018 – Apotex Corp. issues a recall of Fluticasone nasal spray due to the possibility of small glass particles in the spray.
  • January 2018 – International Labs recalls Clopidogrel tablets (a blood thinner) because they might contain Simvastatin, one of many statin drugs prescribed for high blood pressure that are known to cause liver damage, diabetes, neuropathy, cognitive problems and more.
  • May 2017 – O. Truxton, Inc., issues a nationwide recall of amitriptyline tablets, used to treat depression, because some batches may instead contain phenobarbital, a potentially addictive sedative that, if taken with muscle relaxers, sleeping pills or narcotic painkillers could have lethal consequences.

Natural alternatives to dangerous drugs

The dangers of mislabeled and contaminated drugs are certainly not limited to the examples given above. No class of medication seems to be immune to these mistakes.

Now more than ever, you need to take advantage of the many natural, healthy alternatives out there to avoid both side effects and possible errors by drug companies, including…

  • Prostate drugs. Side effects include erectile dysfunction, plummeting blood pressure and serious allergic reactions. Natural alternatives include drinking tea, eating a diet high in Omega-3s, and looking into supplements including Vitamin D3, saw palmetto and quercetin.
  • Diabetes. Research shows that Vitamin D may be as effective as diabetes drugs for controlling blood sugar.
  • Bladder. Medications for overactive bladder are linked to increased risk of dementia. Instead, try pumpkin seed extract and some kegel exercises.
  • Migraines. Magnesium, CoQ10 and riboflavin are effective against migraines.

Often, the right lifestyle habits can help you turn your health around. Many conditions like type 2 diabetes and hypertension can be controlled (even reversed) with exercise, a healthy whole-foods diet, and the right nutrients.

Just remember, it’s not a good idea to stop any medication cold turkey. Talk to your doctor about the possibility of beginning a tract that can make you less reliant on pharmaceuticals so you won’t be a sitting duck in the event of the next drug recall.

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Joyce Hollman

By Joyce Hollman

Joyce Hollman is a writer based in Kennebunk, Maine, specializing in the medical/healthcare and natural/alternative health space. Health challenges of her own led Joyce on a journey to discover ways to feel better through organic living, utilizing natural health strategies. Now, practicing yoga and meditation, and working towards living in a chemical-free home, her experiences make her the perfect conduit to help others live and feel better naturally.