Here's the story that's making some waves today on the medical front. I wanted to share it with you in case you hadn't heard.
We're talking about placebo pills-- and if it's ethically responsible to use them to treat a fake illness ((I can almost hear blog reader Sean emailing as we speak-- this story is right up his expertise alley!)).
Now, you know I love my NPR so here is a link to the report it did:
And here is a link to the NY Times article:
The entrepeneur mom who came up with the idea.. and her husband.. were on the Today show. The general consensus in the newsroom was that they had a hard time defending the use of the sugar pills.
What do you think about all this?
Hey, speaking of Sean.. he had these comments about that prescription drug book author I included recently.. the gal who felt big pharmaceuticals were causing so much societal harm...
I've been involved in drug trials as a patient (three different medications). There is a lot of testing done and after all of the testing is complete, the results are sent to the FDA and if the review board determines that the medication doesn't work, the risks outweigh the benefits, or there's not enough evidence one way or the other, then approval is denied. And even then, it doesn't mean that problems won't appear later. I was on a drug trial that had promise, however after the drug received approval, cases of the life threatening condition, aplastic anemia started appearing in some patients. Since then the drug has received a "black box warning" and is rarely used.
Another thing is the part about people being misled by marketing. Although advertisers do go overboard with making it sound like the medication will work for everybody (even though they admit that it won't), they can only advertise to treat conditions that the FDA has approved the medication for.
The key isn't to believe everything the drug companies or someone who's biased against them tells you. Instead people should be doing their own homework by reading drug reference books and besides asking their doctor, also ask pharmacist (ask pharmacists at different pharmacies to see if you get the same information). And ask a pharmacist for a "package insert". It's information about the drug that comes with each bottle of that the pharmacy receives. Much of the information is written in medical language so you'll probably need to ask a doctor or pharmacist to explain what it means. Basically, people just need to use some common sense.
And McGorge Scott saw something on his property he has never seen before... elk! He always gets the deer, but for some reason the elk found their way onto his property.
See you tomorrow!