The incidence of autoimmune diseases is skyrocketing. They occur when your immune system goes haywire and starts attacking your own body.
AI illnesses include celiac disease, rheumatoid arthritis, psoriasis, ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s disease, and many other inflammatory conditions. In recent years, they have become more common than heart disease and cancer.
Mainstream doctors use biologic medications as the first-line treatment against many AI conditions. These drugs dial back your immune system so it doesn’t attack your own body.
But there is a dark side to these popular medications. They make patients more susceptible to infections.
Most drugs are made chemically. Biologics are different. They are created from animal cells.
You may have seen TV commercials for them. Humira (adalimumab) and Cosentyx (secukinumab), for instance, are featured in major ad campaigns. They show people with arthritis with big smiles on their faces as they do things like play with their children, paddle a canoe, or paint their house.
34,000 Deaths Linked to Biologic Drugs
The marketing of biologics makes it sound like they are miracle drugs. But taking them has ended in disaster for many patients.
An investigation by The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel found that more than a million “adverse events” have been reported since 2004.
About half involved disability, hospitalization, permanent damage, or death.
Some 34,000 patients died.
The Journal Sentinel found that Humira and Enbrel (entanercept) were the biologics most often cited in in the FDA’s files. Humira is used to treat arthritis, plaque psoriasis, and Crohn’s disease. Enbrel is used to treat arthritis.
There were 169,000 adverse events and 13,000 deaths linked to Humira. Enbrel racked up 135,000 adverse events and 8,000 deaths.
The numbers are even more shocking considering that neither drug is among the 20 most prescribed medications in the U.S.
Patients taking biologics are susceptible to tuberculosis, hepatitis B, and hepatitis C. Just 26% of patients are properly screened for these diseases before taking the drugs.
In recent years, the FDA has issued more than 25 warnings and safety alerts concerning biologics. They have required the drugs to update their list of serious risks. These include warnings for fungal and bacterial infections, liver failure and heart failure, cancer, and flesh-eating bacteria.
If you’re taking a biologic medication, make sure that you carefully read the package warnings. And make sure your doctor tests you for tuberculosis and hepatitis.
TV ads make these drugs look like marvels of modern medicine. The reality is different… They are far more dangerous than drug companies would like you to believe.
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