Besides being potentially unsafe, deadly or at the very least a waste of money, drugs that aren’t approved by the FDA – even though they’ve been used for years – could be keeping patients from getting safer and more effective treatments. Still, some of these treatments have been used for decades and have been approved by health regulators in other countries.
In 2006, the FDA started to crack down on companies making drugs it hadn’t officially approved, issuing warnings and ultimately threatening seizure of the products. Since not all companies knew that they were making unapproved drugs, the FDA has provided a list of which drugs have been approved (though they don’t offer a full list of those that aren’t, CNN notes
The following list might surprise you. It includes many of these unapproved drugs, including painkillers, sedatives and even cough and cold medications. They can pose serious risks, even beyond addiction and have not been proven safe or effective for public.
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