Trust in Doctors and Pharmacists tested by drug deaths
In many instances, taking a cocktail of drugs is becoming the norm just to stay alive. Often, medicines are prescribed addressing such things as hypertension. Hypertension that is recognized by high blood pressure puts tremendous strain on the body's system and organs. Kidneys may be damaged and chemistry may be thrown off such that diabetes develops. Each problem gets a treatment of drugs. Each drug interacts with others and managing the body chemistry is complex.
When you watch television, pharmaceutical companies advertise various products with scientific sounding names all with disclaimers about possible harmful side effects. In essence, the manufacturers are advising customers to ask their doctors about their particular product such that the customer/patient becomes a part of the marketing scheme.
Personally, I am working to improve my physical well being through diet and exercise with promise for reducing dosages or even eliminating the need for certain drugs. That results in tremendous cost savings as well as worrying about all of those side effects.
“France: Diabetes Drug May Be Linked To 500 Deaths
Manufacturing.Net - November 16, 2010
PARIS (AP) -- French health officials say the now-banned diabetes and weight loss drug Mediator may have been linked to the deaths of about 500 people.
France's health products safety agency is advising users of the drug -- the brand name for benflourex in France -- from 2006 to 2009 to see their doctor to check for possible heart valve problems.
The agency said Tuesday that about 5 million people used Mediator starting in 1976.
The European Medicines Agency pulled benflourex from the market last year, saying it had little effect on diabetes and might lead to a dangerous thickening of heart valves.
In September, European regulators pulled blockbuster diabetes drug Avandia off the market because of alleged links to heart attacks.”