death-by-medicine-verticalWhat Kills More People Than Wars, or Illegal Drugs, or Terrorism combined?

Many Many Hundreds of Times More? 


Around the turn of the 20th Century, there was a saying that stated:  “the disease can kill, but with allopathic medicine, the cure can kill”. And it does. Very often. 

The author of the book “Deadly Medicines and Organised Crime: How Big Pharma Has Corrupted Healthcare” looks at the similarities between Medicine and Organised Crime.

A former Pfizer Vice President confesses: 

“It is scary how many similarities there are between this industry and the mob. The mob makes obscene amounts of money, as does this industry. The side effects of organized crime are killings and deaths, and the side effects are the same in this industry. The mob bribes politicians and others, and so does the drug industry …”

In the book there is detailed evidence that pharmaceutical companies are guilty of most of the offenses defined legally as racketeering.

“Death by Modern Medicine: Seeking Safe Solutions,” written by Dr. Carolyn Dean outlines the statistics. She shows that prescription drugs cause deaths despite being “properly” prescribed and used.

  • Prescription drugs kill many times more people than illegal drugs. 
  • The iatrogenic (medically caused) death toll has gone up to almost 900,000 annually. It includes hospital stays, surgeries, incorrect or unnecessary procedures, and prescriptions drugs that kill. 
  • The highest death toll comes from adverse reactions from “correctly prescribed” medications and procedures. Over the counter (OTC) drugs are not included in these statistics, even though OTC sleeping pills and Tylenol (acetaminophen) are responsible for many more ER visits and deaths.
  • Not included in the tally are permanent disabilities from vaccines and other drugs.
  • The actual numbers are worse than any statistical reports, because only a fraction (probably less than half) are actually formally reported.
Published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), the Starfield Study provides these annual statistics:
  • 12,000 deaths from unnecessary surgeries
  • 7,000 deaths from medication errors in hospitals
  • 20,000 deaths from other errors in hospitals
  • 80,000 deaths from infections acquired in hospitals
  • 106,000 deaths from FDA-approved correctly prescribed medicines

These figures are for deaths only and do not include adverse effects and disability. The figures are lower than those in the IOM (Institute of Medicine) report. And they do not include all the many thousands of deaths occurring during chemotherapy. 

225,000 deaths per year is a very, very conservative figure.