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Old 02-07-2008, 03:11 PM   #11
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IMHO, information about drugs should come first from doctors and pharmacist, not people trying to sell drugs.
Lots of doctors get their information about new drugs from drug reps. Especially lazy doctors.

EDIT: Which I think you may have alluded to.
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Oh absolutely. Trust me I know. It is actually the primary way lots of doctors get info on new drugs. And they will start giving out those sample almost immediately upon recieving them

I used to run the pharmacy of a veterinary clinic when I worked as a vet tech. Same thing. Well, not really the same thing in terms of big business. But I had to deal with drug reps on a daily basis. And sometimes it was a good thing. I mean, sometimes there were some products that I actually pushed for that turned out to be really good. But we were careful to really do our research and no what we were putting out.

Should a doctor be depending on a "salesman" as his primary source of info on new drugs? Hell, no.

And on the subject of side-effects it is true that many of the milder side effects from many drugs are temporary. Just an initial reaction that goes away after a week or two.

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If you act sanctimonious I will just list out your logical fallacies until you get pissed off and spew blasphemous remarks.
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Old 02-07-2008, 04:06 PM   #13
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i love how they advertise drugs that are for something like dry skin or sour stomach and then they rattle of "side effects may include... blah blah blah, rectal bleeding, testicular cancer, blah blah blah, migrane headaches, cataracts, blah blah blah, and in some cases death. --- Ask your Dr. if 'poison X' is right for you."

big pharma is WAAAYY outta control...

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Welcome to a multi-billion dollar business where money is more important than helping someone. I particularly enjoy how almost every company will have a drug on patent and immediately when the patent expires and the drug is available generically (much cheaper) they release the next best thing (on patent) saying how much better it is than their last product.

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