Deadly IVs Killing Hospital Patients
It’s the one question most people NEVER think to ask… but it could end up saving your life.
When you’re in a hospital for a serious surgery or injury, the last thing on your mind is what your doctor is putting in all those IV bags.
But there’s one IV solution that’s been killing Americans left and right for more than 40 years.
Our government isn’t lifting a finger to stop it.
But avoiding this poison could keep you from heading from the hospital… straight to the funeral home.
When Mark was rushed to the hospital after a gruesome car accident, his family never expected that his IV would end up killing him.
But he became the latest victim of hydroxyethyl starch (HES) solution, a common IV given to control bleeding.
Public Citizen, a consumer advocacy organization, has spent months demanding that the FDA immediately pull HES from the market.
HES has already been linked to kidney failure… anaphylactic shock… liver failure… and a shockingly high death rate.
So how did this crap ever make it to the market in the first place? The truth is, it NEVER should have happened.
HES was approved in 1972 – and even by 1970s standards, the studies on it were a complete joke.
They had very few participants and the follow-up lasted less than a day (I guess they didn’t want to know what happens after that… but we know now).
Even drug experts admit that if HES was applying for approval today, it would get rejected in a second.
And that’s REALLY saying something with the way the FDA rubber-stamps new drugs.
But, of course, the bureaucrats at the FDA don’t have the backbone to stand up to Big Pharma and ban HES now.
And that’s ridiculous, because countries all over Europe have been placing severe restrictions on HES for a decade now.
All the FDA has done is put out some toothless little warning that nobody ever reads.
Trust me, this stuff is still flowing through American hospital IVs the way wine flows at a cocktail party.
“These solutions should not be used in any patient population,” argues Public Citizen. “HES products should be immediately removed from the market to prevent further harm to thousands of patients.”
Amen to that.
Next time you or a loved one are in the hospital, be sure to reject any HES IVs, the most popular of which are called Voluven, Hespan, and Hextend. There are much safer alternatives available.
And click here for more information on the Public Citizen petition to ban HES for good.
Fighting For Your Health,
Executive Director, Alliance For Advanced Health