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November 16, 2005
A Real Drug Problem

I've never approved of Big Pharma's new trend of advertising direct-to-consumer. I know they do it because it makes drug sales skyrocket, but it has side-effects. Much like the drugs themselves. Side-effects that could be fatal.

I'm as worried or maybe more worried by the perception that a doctor isn't an expert just because they're a doctor. I see that as a consequence of Modern Medicine, where doctors are pushed to see as many patients a day as humanly possible and are challenged to keep costs down to match a fee schedule provided by insurers. People don't feel that they know their doctors, or that their doctors know them. This used to be the foundation of medical care...seeing someone who knew you and understood your condition.

Now physicians are treated like interchangeable parts.

Did your company change their insurance plan? Here's a book...find yourself a new doctor.

I don't like it, but I agree that it's usually simple enough to suggest to the doctor what drug you want and get a prescription. Thank you, Corporate Amerika, for boosting insurance company profits obscenely while diluting the quality of healthcare we receive.

I agree with the kids interviewed who said that the monetary investment in having a new drug succeed made pharma-funded research studies suspect. We've just seen too many headlines in recent years about suppressed information.

Posted by AnneZook at 12:12 PM