Believe it or not, in this regulated world junk remedies have not been regulated very well.
Category Archives: Pharmaceuticals
The term “overdiagnosis” came into vogue in 2011, with the publication of best seller Overdiagnosed: Making People Sick in the Pursuit of Health, by MDs H. Gilbert Welch, Lisa Schwartz, and Steve Woloshin. As lead author Welch explains in his introduction: “While the term sounds like it means simply ‘excessive diagnosis,’ it actually has a more precise meaning. Overdiagnosis occurs when individuals are diagnosed with conditions that will never cause symptoms or death.”
Sure people can overdose on opiods–like oxycontin, hydrocodone, hydromorphone. Some people use too much Tylenol or aspirin. Is it an epidemic–I always get leery when I hear crisis or epidemic being used to describe a problem then the report is of a “cluster” or even just a story.
I’m thinking, “Maybe not.” Yet, this sort of unethical practice goes on all the time. According to physician/activist Roy Poses, MD, there were at least four significant settlements of such cases during the last half of 2014 alone. And, by January 9th of our new year, another high profile case has already been settled. Officially, it is known as U.S. ex rel. Fragoules v. Daiichi Sankyo, Inc., Civil Action No. 10-10420 (D. Mass.).
No question that a new antibiotic may be very beneficial–we always are fighting new resistance problems.
I do not deny that diabetes is a serious problem.
Hemorrhagic fevers are bad boys–killers, so even if the recent outbreak never got here, research on what to do is important and may lead to other developments that are beneficial.