How Adverse Drug Deaths Are Covered Up By Hospitals And The FDA

Executive Summary

  • The medical establishment is very focused on minimizing adverse drug reactions and deaths.
  • We cover the techniques they use to trick the public.


Medical authorities have a strong incentive and history of minimizing and depressing adverse drug reactions and deaths. This article explains how they do this.

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The Common Underestimation of Adverse Drug Reaction Deaths

We have researched the deaths from adverse drug reactions in the past. And what we found is estimates of around 120,000 per year in the US. However, this number is decades old, and the medical establishment essentially does not focus on estimating this value. The more we have investigated the topic, the more it is apparent that it is a vast undercounting, and the undercounting is deliberate. Here are a few ways drug deaths are undercounted in the US.

Method #1: Fraudulent Undercounting At Hospitals

See the following quotation from PubMed on how hospitals count deaths from drug side effects.

During 1995, 206 deaths were attributed to adverse drug reactions on death certificates in the United States, whereas MedWatch tabulated 6,894 fatalities.

This shows how much hospitals cover-up and have common interests with drug companies. Furthermore, that estimate by MedWatch is also ridiculously low.

If the hospitals have no interest in recording deaths from adverse drug reactions, and they are the ones that control the death certificates, then the actual number can never be known. The death certificate control itself is a primary way that hospitals cover up adverse drug deaths and how they cover up medical errors.

Method #2: Allocating The Cause of Death to Other Things

Vioxx was a completely unnecessary anti-inflammatory that most likely caused hundreds of thousands of heart attacks and strokes and is a drug that should never have been approved. However, when the person died, the cause of death was a heart attack or stroke. When people die, they don’t die of a drug per see. The drug causes health consequences. Heart attack, stroke, organ failure, etc.. This allows hospitals to very easily attribute the death to the body outcome rather than the drug.

As they are trained to do, hospitals protect the drug manufacturer or may not have even known. The FDA estimated that 27,785 deaths were caused by Vioxx. However, the fact that the FDA produced this estimate means that the actual number is much higher. Furthermore, the FDA knew about these Vioxx-caused deaths for years and never forced Merck to pull the drug.