[FoRK] Corporate punishment??

Bill Stoddard wgstoddard at gmail.com
Wed Apr 14 11:58:46 PDT 2010


On 4/14/10 2:03 PM, Stephen D. Williams wrote:
>
>
> On 4/14/10 9:24 AM, Bill Stoddard wrote:
>> On 4/14/10 12:11 PM, Stephen D. Williams wrote:
>>> On 4/13/10 9:52 PM, Ken Ganshirt @ Yahoo wrote:
>>> ...
>>> This was a fairly minor error: They said 40mg was safe when the FDA 
>>> had said only 20mg was.  That's at least in the ballpark of an area 
>>> of disagreement.  Clearly wrong, and probably harmed some people, 
>>> but not nearly as bad as it could have been.
>>
>> Ummm... did you actually read the article?  Dosage was not the 
>> central issue here... The main issue was the deliberate end run 
>> around FDA rules to promote off-label use. 
>
> Right, they were not supposed to promote off-label use.  But off-label 
> use itself is perfectly legal.  Doctors do it all the time and it is a 
> fundamental part of medicine.  It is up to individual doctors to 
> decide if it is helpful or not.  Doctors should have been checking a 
> current PDR and the FDA before using the drug anyway.
>
>> If you're interested in the topic, I suggest you read this book:
>>
>> http://www.amazon.com/Our-Daily-Meds-Pharmaceutical-Prescription/dp/B0036DE40K/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1271262160&sr=8-1 
>>
>
> I take as few drugs as possible, where "few as possible" means that 
> when they have a clear benefit, I take them. 
The book is not about drugs. It's about the Pharma industry.  You should 
read it.

Bill



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