Doctors, Optometrists, and Psychologists on LASIK and Suicide

Think LASIK is "safe and effective"? You might change your mind after watching the videos below. Compare these videos to those that document strategies used by Big Pharama to deceive the public about risk Here.

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Optometrist David Hartzok on LASIK

Dr. David Hartzok works to save the vision of Lasik victims. Accordingly to Dr. Hartzok, some patients with highly experienced and reputable surgeons still have bad outcomes, thus suggesting that the lasers themselves are responsible for ruining these patient's vision.

FDA Enforcement Diminishing

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A spokeswoman for the FDAs Center for Drug Evaluation and Research told the Center that since companies have better complied after receiving warning letters, the need for additional regulatory and enforcement actions has decreased. “We cannot measure the agency’s enforcement success — nor can we measure industry compliance — by counting warning letters and other actions individually,” she said. Congress passed the Food and Drug Administration Amendments Act of 2007 last fall, giving broader enforcement power to the agency. The impact of the law remains to be seen.

FDA Enforcement Actions Way Down

Enforcement actions by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which oversees food and pharmaceutical products, markedly declined under the Bush administration. The number of warning letters issued for various violations dropped by more than half, from 1,154 in 2000 to 535 in 2005, according to a June 2006 report by Representative Henry Waxman, a California Democrat, then ranking minority member of the House Committee on Government Reform. The “number of seizures of mislabeled, defective, and dangerous products” plunged by 44 percent, noted the widely cited report, which also found that officials at FDA headquarters had “routinely rejected the enforcement recommendations of career field staff.” Among the curtailed warning letters were those for violations of drug marketing practices to consumers. "From 2002 through 2005… it took the agency an average of 4 months to issue a regulatory letter, compared with an average of 2 weeks from 1997 through 2001," stated a December 2006 report by the Government Accountability Office (GAO). "FDA has issued about half as many regulatory letters per year since the 2002 policy change." The FDA has also fallen short in efforts to control “off label” drug use (using prescription drugs for nonprescriptive conditions), according to studies by the Center for Public Integrity and other watchdog groups. The GAO told Congress in July 2008 that the FDA took inordinate time issuing letters for offlabel abuses, limiting their effectiveness.

FDA's Medwatch Listing - LASIK

The FDA stated through news media prior to, and at the April 25th ('08) Ophthalmic Panel Meeting held in Gaithersburg (MD) that it has received only 140 complaints regarding adverse events from LASIK surgeries since LASIK's inception 10 years ago.

These are SOME of the adverse events posted at the FDA's website, listed by year:

2008 2007
2006 2005
1995 thru 2004

 

FDA Oversight

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"Several Subcommittee investigations resulted in improvements to the public health. The Subcommittee has continued its investigation into the safety of the blood supply and has been instrumental in fostering important reforms at the American Red Cross, and the FDA. The Subcommittee's continuing commitment to improve the generic drug approval process has led to increased vigor in FDA regulation and enforcement. The Subcommittee continued its efforts to uncover and correct problems in food safety, particularly with regard to imported foods. Meanwhile, the Subcommittee's medical device investigations have highlighted both dangerous devices that were permitted to reach the market through lax approval processes, and potentially life-saving devices that have been delayed or kept off the market due to bureaucratic infighting or regulatory ineptitude. These efforts resulted in the release of a major report and in substantial reforms at the FDA." 103RD CONGRESS (1993-1994) ENERGY AND COMMERCE COMMITTEE

The Committee's oversight efforts since then have included:

Dingell, Stupak to Investigate FDA’s Medical Device Approval Process

FDA Medical Device Safety

FDA Drug Safety

FDA Food Safety

FDA's Conflicts of Interest

FDA's Compensation Practices

FDA Office of Regulatory Affairs Reorganization

FDA No-Bid Contracts

Edward Boshnick, OD PDF Print E-mail
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6 I am Dr. Edward
7 Boshnick. I am an optometrist in Miami,
8 Florida, in private practice for over 37
9 years.
10 Over the years, I have devoted the
11 major portion of my practice to the non12
surgical treatment of patients who have lost
13 quality vision due to ocular trauma, disease,
14 and refractive eye surgery, including LASIK.
15 Over these years, I have taken care
16 of several hundred post-refractive surgical
17 patients. The great majority of these
18 patients had LASIK. Many had two or more
19 procedures in each eye.
20 Please bear in mind that I don't
21 get to see happy post-LASIK patients. Some of
22 the patients I have seen have lost their jobs

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1 and families as a result of their vision loss.
2 Two of my patients have attempted suicide on
3 multiple occasions. Three of my patients have
4 spoken to me about suicidal thoughts.
5 The complications I have seen
6 include severely disordered corneas resulting
7 in loss of best corrected visual acuity,
8 visual distortions known as higher order
9 aberrations, under-correction and over10
correction of their visual errors, nighttime
11 and indoor vision disorders including halos,
12 glare, ghosting and multiple vision, and also
13 severe dry eye, of course, which is fairly
14 common; loss of contrast sensitivity, which is
15 the ability to distinguish between different
16 shades of light and gray; corneal ectasia,
17 which is a gradual protrusion of the corneal
18 surface; depression and its consequences. I
19 would say that most of my patients are
20 depressed, and many are on anti-depressant
21 medications.
22 From what I have seen and witnessed

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1 in my many patients, I feel at the present
2 time LASIK presents a significant public
3 health crisis.