Beware: FDA approves deadly drug… for kids
It’s probably one of the most horrific drugs ever prescribed.
It can cause an ongoing infection that can turn lethal. It can trigger aggressive, fast-killing cancers. It can even cause two kinds of skin cancers.
It has a black-box warning for “serious infections” that can lead to “death,” as well as tuberculosis.
And despite all the terrible things we now know about this drug, the FDA has just approved it…for children.
Yes…children…as young as 6!
And something must be working because this year Humira was called the “world’s top-selling drug.”
That’s pretty amazing, because you would think it’s tough to sell a drug that has so many ways to kill you.
Humira was first approved by the FDA in 2002. Back then it was only for adults with rheumatoid arthritis.
By 2011 the FDA announced that not only could these “TNF blockers” like Humira cause cancer, but it was receiving reports of a rare, aggressive kind of lymphoma, one that is “usually fatal,” called HSTCL.
And those cases of HSTCL were mostly in kids and teens.
Like Maxx Wendell, whose mom wishes she knew the risk when her son was prescribed Humira for ulcerative colitis.
Maxx died in 2007 at the age of 21 from that “rare” deadly lymphoma, HSTCL. The one the FDA has been collecting data about all these years.
His mom Lisa writes that anyone who is taking drugs for “any chronic condition” needs to “keep reading, keep asking, keep pestering, never stop.”
“We were duped,” she said.
Maxx “lost his life,” but “I lost my heart.”
And now, even after all this knowledge about how Humira can kill, the FDA just gave its blessings for the drug to be used in children with Crohn’s disease!
But stop right there, because there are many other ways to help kids with this disease. Ways that I’m sure drug maker Abbvie would rather parents never hear about.
After all, you don’t become the world’s top selling drug by letting other, safer options out of the bag, now do you?
Here’s what Dr. Spreen has to say: First, “dietary manipulation is almost everything.”
“Get kids off the gluten and processed foods,” plus add varied strains of high-dose probiotics with FOS (fructo-oligo-saccharides), along with full-spectrum digestive enzymes. And if they have low stomach acid, betaine HCL is vital as well.
“Kids will also need to be taken off of all drugs, GM and chemically-altered foods,” he said.
Dr. Spreen also calls Humira “about as bad as it gets.”
Now while the FDA knows a lot about how Humira can kill, it doesn’t know much at all about the other ways this drug can effect a child.
And neither does Abbvie.
It says that “Currently, there are not enough data to assess the effect of HUMIRA on the growth, development, and maturation of a child. If you are concerned about these issues, talk with your child’s prescribing physician.”
Well, if the FDA has no information on this, and the maker of the drug doesn’t know anything, just what do they expect the “prescribing physician” to know?
“Adalimumab (Humira) gets FDA nod for children with Crohn’s” Megan Brooks, September 25, 2014, Medscape, Medscape.com
“FDA Drug Safety Communication: Safety Review update on reports of Hepatosplenic T-Cell Lymphoma in adolescents and young adults receiving tumor necrosis factor (TNF) blockers, azathioprine and/or mercaptopurine” FDA Safety Announcement, April 14, 2011, fda.gov