Drug Deficiency

In 1988 the US pharmaceutical industry spent 12 million on advertising; in 1998 it spent 13 billion, That is a 108,233% increase in 10 years. In 1960 there were approximately 650 medications on the market and by 2003 there were over 8000 medications on the market. The FDA reports that all drugs are inherently dangerous and that 50% of the damaging side effects are yet to be discovered at the time the drug is being released on the market. The FDA reports they can’t possibly determine the results of mixing and matching drugs until YOU, the patients discover them. The reporting process for serious adverse drug reactions to the FDA is completely voluntary. Doctor’s only report 1% of all adverse drug reactions to the FDA due to the overwhelming paperwork. (JAMA ’98) Due to manpower issues the FDA must rely on the pharmaceutical companies to provide the data on deaths and illness caused by their own drugs. The same panel that approves the drug to market is also responsible for responding to the adverse drug reaction complaints. Even with regards to regulating airline safety there are two distinct none conflicting organizations, the FAA – Federal Aviation Administration and the NTSB- National Transportation and Safety Board. The FDA consists of 2 divisions: New Drug Approval and the Post Marketing drug risk assessment. The New Drug division has 1,400 full time employees and the office of Post marketing drug risk assessment has 65 full time employees, less than 10 have a PhD or MD degree.

Several recent studies estimate that between 3 to 5 deadly medication errors take place per 1000 orders, mainly because of the multiple doctors & pharmacists not being able to track of patients. The FDA reports that medication mix-ups cause roughly 1 death per day, i.e. Xanax or Zantac. It is estimated that 5% of all hospital admissions are a result of an adverse drug reaction. During a hospitalization the average patient receives 10 different drugs, critically ill is significantly patients even more. Ten to fifteen percent of patients admitted to hospitals suffer an adverse drug reaction during their hospital stay. Ritalin has been on the market since the 1960’s, its advocates have not been able to demonstrate the safety or efficacy beyond a few weeks, yet there are 10 million North American kids on it for years at a time. Almost all the OTC medications were prescription drugs at one time. The FDA estimates that OTC medications cause an estimated 16,000 deaths per year.


“The animal that takes medicine must recover twice: once from the disease and once from the medication.” – Wm Osler, MD

“Why should an animal swallow a poison because he is ill, or take that which would make a well animal sick.” – LF Kebler, MD

To see if your horse may be suffering from a drug deficiency you might want to check out the following video: