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Along with accountability in corporations, a concerted effort from the government is necessary, according to Fuller, who thinks Congress should examine what is happening at the FDA.

“This is a massive cover-up going on in the FDA,” Fuller said. “It’s gross incompetence...The only logical explanation is they care more about the drug companies’ profits than they do about the users of the drug.”

Until changes are put into place at the FDA, people can make an effort to ensure their own safety by researching medications on their own.

“A lot of people think the FDA is out there doing their own rigorous studies on the safety and efficacy of drugs and that’s not the case. They rely on the information supplied to them by pharmaceutical companies,” Fratti said. “Doctors are fed a lot of propaganda from drug reps, and they are influenced in a way that may not be best for the patients. Patients should not blindly put their trust in doctors. I think patients need to be their own health advocates today and do their own research.”

Carey Purcell is a 2006 graduate of Emerson College. She works as an editorial assistant at an online publishing company in New York.