Friday, November 09, 2007


The cost of bad drugs

Remember Vioxx? The miracle pain reliever? Merck (the pharmaceutical company that makes it) agreed to pay nearly $5 billion (with a B) to settle lawsuits/claims against the company for the drug's "side effects," which included heart attack and strokes.

I've said it before and I'll say it again: drugs do not have "SIDE effects." They have "effects," and not all of the "effects" are good ones, especially when they maim, kill and backfire. Even the bad ones are "effects," not things that just happen on the side...especially when it's a heart attack or stroke that's the payoff for a little arthritis pain relief.

Be careful what you put in your mouth. Regard drug marketing suspiciously and skeptically. If it's too good to be true, it probably is. And stretching can solve so many problems that drugs simply mask over.

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