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Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Medicine Is Great! Or Is It?

Today, I woke up to the news that a drug that about a million people in the U.S. with diabetes take, called Avandia or Avandamet, is hazardous to their health. Because I have recently needed to know a lot more about this disease and I have friends who are diabetic, it was of great concern for me. This particular drug, which has been on the market for about 8 years, has a 43% shot of causing heart attacks and death. Sounds pretty serious to me. So, what is the FDA doing about this since they approved this drug in the first place? Not much. They issued a safety alert and are apparently going to "convene an advisory panel, but planned no immediate changes to the current side effect warnings on the drug's packaging."

The company that makes the stuff. What are they doing about this? GlaxoSmithKline says that it's fine and that the good that the drug does outweighs the bad. Are you kidding me?

Then, if that is not nightmare enough, the very next story was about a birth control drug called Lybrel that actually stops a women's menstrual periods indefinitely. The FDA is planning to approve this drug TODAY!!! Are you kidding me? Does anyone know the possible side effects of this? They are trying to stop something that is built into a woman's body. The natural working of a woman is going to be halted by a pill. I do realize that there are many women who will welcome this and think that it is a blessing. However, they do not know what the long term effects are because they do not HAVE long term anything on it.

I must question the FDA on these two items. They appear to be going off in a direction that is not good for the country. They have hampered the progress of good medications that would have benefited many of the now deceased people because of their tedious and lengthy approval programs. But now, they seem to be putting through something that is extremely detrimental to women and have no problem with this at all! That on top of their lackluster interest in dealing with the drug Avandia.

What is wrong with this picture? You decide. But be sure you know more than the stories tell you. Be sure you get the real picture. God created these bodies. He put in a marvelous system to keep it healthy. Then came along those who apparently know better than the Creator how the body works. Maybe it is time to stop and rethink this whole thing.