Breakthrough Therapy Program Raises Stakes for Patients

The FDA’s Breakthrough Therapy program (and the European PRIME) worsens the situation. By rushing approvals, toxicology research ends up lagging even further behind, which means more patients end up being used as guinea pigs without actually being enrolled in a formal study.

This is a particularly frightening prospect in light of the fact that drug developers are increasingly starting to look to vaccines (categorized as “biologicals” by the FDA) as the pharmaceutical product of choice for all sorts of ailments. Clearly, drug companies want vaccines to largely replace prescription drugs as a primary source of profit-making because there’s no product liability in civil court when toxic vaccines cause serious brain and immune system damage, even if people die.

This month, Congress and the U.S. Supreme Court went one step further in giving the pharmaceutical industry a free pass when it comes to requiring drug companies to provide solid scientific evidence that experimental drugs and vaccines are effective and will not harm people before they are sold and used by millions of Americans.

After two years of influence peddling by more than 1,000 pharmaceutical industry lobbyists determined to lower FDA licensing standards, Congress passed the 21st Century Cures Act so that new drugs and vaccines can be fast-tracked to market without holding large clinical trials to prove safety and effectiveness.13

As for immunotherapy drugs, we’re already seeing these treatments being put to use by oncologists who are completely unprepared to address the multitude of unusual side effects. As noted by Timmerman, the oncologist who lost a patient to flu-like symptoms:14 “If we had only known the power we had unleashed that was causing such a toll on her organ system, we might have saved her.”

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