The Drugs I Need!

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Consumer's Union the publishers of Consumer Reports has made an awesome video that makes fun of all the stupid things that pharmaceutical companies are doing to push drugs on us. It hits the Canadian drug thing, the T.V. advertising thing, the not-reporting-negative side effects thing. It's great.

Here is a link to their site

and a blurb from their advocacy campaign:

"First we learn that Vioxx increases the risk of heart attacks. Now, we learn that Merck may have had research, as early as 2000, that uncovered these problems, but didn’t make it known to the public. It is time to end this secrecy. Lives depend on it.

Legislators have just introduced a bill--The Fair Access to Clinical Trials Act (FACT Act)--to require drug companies to make public all the results of their clinical trials so we’ll know about potentially harmful side effects. And Congress must create an independent office of drug safety in the Food and Drug Administration to ensure quick action is taken when safety concerns are raised."

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I think lawyers, non-profits and unhinged judges are partially to blame. They concoct and argue that certain weaknesses and failings are actually legit ailments that need medication. Yes, the drug companies provide (too) many drugs. But it comes down to the doctors being too willing to prescribe, and the patients taking the path of least resistance by popping a pill. Personal responsibility.

Posted by: Nate at March 15, 2005 5:03 AM

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