"Safe and Effective"

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A legal designation for drugs, but also a marketing term to foster acceptance.

“Drug companies never talk about the benefits and harms of their drugs but about their efficacy and safety. Words create what they describe and the preferred semantic is seductive. It makes you think it can only be good for you to take drugs, as they are both efficacious and safe. Another reason why patients and doctors generally trust their drugs as being both efficacious and safe is that they think they have been carefully tested by the drug industry and carefully scrutinised by the drug regulatory agencies using high standards before they are allowed on the market.
It is the other way round.”

Peter C. Gøtzsche (2013)  [1]

"Safe and Effective" is a designation for drugs, but also a marketing term to foster acceptance. Many things throughout history have been sold as safe and/or beneficial, that actually weren't. This page will list any substance that was marketed for human consumption/use and therefore was considered safe, but actually was not, whether the term safe and effective was used for marketing or not - to give an overview what kind of quackery and profit driven interest in pharma and elsewhere has been going on historically.



Page nameDescription
CorexitChemical that is used on oil spills to dissolve them.
DiethylstilbestrolGiven to pregnant women in 1938-1970s. Causes high risk of cancer and genital deformations for several generations.
RadithorRadioactive energy drink in the early 20th century.
StatinThe most common cholesterol-lowering drugs
TobaccoA widely used and addictive recreational drug. Use is legal although restricted for adults in most nation states.
VioxxBig Pharma painkiller that might have killed 500.000 people in the United States alone, after the manufacturer Merck withheld evidence of its dangers.
Water/FluoridationMarketed as an anti-tooth decay improvement, there is increasing evidence that the fluoridation of water may have a range of deleterious effects upon the brain (e.g. lowering IQ) and may actually not have much affect on tooth decay. The academic community was for a long time extremely hostile to anyone who challenged this practice.


Related Quotation

Azidothymidine“The reason why only one drug has been made available — AZT — is because it’s the only drug that has been shown in scientifically controlled trials to be safe and effective.”Anthony Fauci


Official examples



  1. Deadly Medicines and Organised Crime Chapter 3/Page 22

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