Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Another Day, Another Drug Problem

How can I not say something about the latest problem drugs? This time it's Vytorin and Zetia, the ones you see on TV every night. Research shows that they're no more effective at slowing heart disease than older, cheaper drugs. Generics cost about $1 per pill while these two superstar drugs cost about $3 per dose.

The fact that the study was released nearly two years ago is another issue. Why and how did the FDA approve these drugs in the first place? Zetia was approved in 2002 and Vytorin in 2004. In 2006 doctors wrote about 18 million prescriptions for Vytorin and about 14 million for Zetia.

As usual, all we have to do is follow the money to learn how modern medicine works in America today.

And this is the industry that questions the safety and effectiveness of complementary and alternative medicine? Therapies that have been used successfully for decades if not hundreds or thousands of years? If there was more money to be made with CAM than drugs then that's what you'd see on TV every night.

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