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lucky_8a asked in HealthWomen's Health · 1 decade ago

How many people need must die before the FDA recalls the drug?

In regards to RU-486, 5 women have died and there had been evidence of the drugs adverse side effects, even before it was approved. How many people must die before a drug is finally approved. This is for my pharmacology class.


This is not whether I agree or disagree on the use of the drug Ru-486, but I just need to get some statistics for my class. Does the FDA have a certain # of people that must die before a drug is recalled, such as RU-486?

5 Answers

  • 1 decade ago
    Favorite Answer

    RU-486 isn't nearly as lethal as aspartame, and that's in millions of bottles of softdrinks and other comestibles.

    To answer your question, though, every prescription drug has adverse side effects, including lethality for some segment of the population; allergies account for most of these types of deaths that aren't penalized by the FDA.

    RU-486 has low mortality rate, is used for a small segment of the population, and is well documented through years of dispensing in Europe. It's not a great risk.

    Watch that aspartame, though. And Splenda's no better!

  • 1 decade ago

    only five and your complaining.....that isn't much toots, this drug has been out there a long time. Its helped a lot of people whether or not you or I agree with it. It is a million times safer than the alternative and though I am not pro choice......I thank God and accept his punishment for utilizing it.

    You need to reword the last sentence as you are asking how many women must die before it is approved.....I take it you mean recalled.

    A hell of a lot more than five people have died from taking aspirin and then bleeding out when they are involved in a car accident.....should we take it off the market too?

  • 1 decade ago

    Sad to say..........the power of the pharmaceuticals is almost 'limitless' ............. the world is lubricated by money ......... n profits drives the big corporations that manufacture so-call wonder drugs.

    There is no public statistics on the number of women....... many are young girls....... who had lost their lvies to RU-486........... and you can bet the pharmaceuticals are not going to give you any true figures....... they always hide behind legal languages ........... e.g. " the best of our knowledge we know of no negative effect......... in reference to our products. Our exhaustive reserch shows no....blah...blah...blah."

    The FDA is a toothless 'tiger'...........and the offcials all turn into pussycats when they are being entertained by the pharmceuticals............. have you met doctors & FDA officials with the pharmaceuticals' representative................ just close your eyes to the warm smies you see on their faces.........n I bet in your mind's eyes you could see........pussycats & pussydogs wagging their tails!

    Answer to your question: the blowing in the wind!...........the answer is blowing in the wind!

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    no matter what the drug is someone will die from it, asprin can kill if you are sensative to it, its a matter of numbers. sorry bout that but more women are helped by it than die, by the thousands.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

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