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Author: VeeEnn Big gold star, 5000 posts Old School Fool Add to my Favorite Fools Ignore this person (you won't see their posts anymore) Number: of 40755  
Subject: Re: Prescription drug side effects and interacti Date: 12/2/2012 12:59 PM
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This is actually a great website in that it's designed to co-opt the patient into the drug safety reporting and vigilance process.

This is especially valuable here in the US. I see from his rap sheet that David Healy attempts to expose the oftentimes nefarious acts of the pharmaceutical industry but misses out on what has to be the most likely to cause these unwarranted drug interactions/unwanted or unnecessary side effects......and that's the explosion of direct-to-consumer advertising. I suspect he must be pretty much permenantly based in the UK and insulated or he'd, for sure, have that at the top of his list.

Something to bear in mind when listening to the TV ads for drugs that apparently appear the FDA's database for most reported drugs for side effects. I have a shrewd idea that a good many physicians long for the good old days when all they had to deal with during a working day was the occasional drug rep trying to peddle their wares. Now it's the demanding patient who wants the latest sleep aid or "cure" for low-T.....confident in their skill to discern potential side effects from the list rattled off at the end of the ad. and "decide for themselves"
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