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The FDA drug approval process For millions of Americans, prescription drugs are a way of life - about 2 billion are dispensed each year. We rely on them for everything from allergies to diabetes, to depression. But in a study published in The Journal of the American Medical Association, researchers found that adverse reactions to prescription drugs may rank somewhere between the fourth and sixth leading cause of death in the United States. As with many drug therapies, the original issue may be less of a problem than the reaction to treatment, and the old dictum "the cure was worse than the disease" has frequently been all too true.  Of 33 million patients admitted to hospitals in 1994, more than 100,000 died from toxic reactions to medications that were administered properly, either before or after they were hospitalized. Additionally, more than 2 million suffered serious side effects.

Though the FDA has been lauded for a much-needed increase in the number of new drugs it approves each year (a record 46 in 1996), critics say it hasn't done enough to monitor medications once they're on the market. The FDA requests reports on adverse drug reactions from hospitals and physicians, but few participate in this voluntary program. Information that might warn of - or perhaps even ward off - side effects is buried in doctors' offices and hospital wards. "It's the best FDA system in the world, but it's not enough," says Pomeranz. "We need more post-market surveillance."**  Every medication is a double-edged sword and it may take years to realize their ill and sometimes deadly affects.

Considering Chantix, read the following: "The FDA approved Chantix under its priority-review mechanism, cutting months off the review time..."* The actual study only tracked success up to 12 weeks after treatment began.  Non-smoking participants in the study were considered successful at the end of the 12 week trial even if they used nicotine replacement products such as the patch or gum.  To be effective, Chantix must be used for an initial 12-week regimen with an additional 12-week follow-up for those who have quit.  The drug manufacturer has not made public any information about the success/failure of this study after the initial 12-week period.

We suggest you review the Chantix web site http:www.chantixvarenicline.com to review a complete list of contraindications and side effects, which include psychotic dreams and suicide.

The total cost for a 24-week course of treatment is $694.56 as compared to Laser Therapy at $225.00

In a USA Today report, referencing a Journal of the American Medical Association on the unintended side-effects of properly prescribed, and administered medications, the  authors estimate deaths from such events to exceed 106,000 per year. To offer some perspective on this number, 57,000 US soldiers died in the Vietnam War!

* http:www.chantixvarenicline.com chantix_fda_approval_smoking_cessation.htm

**Reprinted from the 27 April, 1998, issue of Newsweek magazine. Excerpted in the public service of the national interest of the American people.

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Our therapy addresses the physical aspects of eating and the addition of nicotine. Every person is different and has individual psychological and emotional aspects to deal with when losing weight, becoming a  non-smoker and reducing stress, hence, to that end, the process cannot be guaranteed. However, we will work extensively with each person to support their success. Copyright 2014 Center for Laser Therapy LLC