Rob Abrazado (flatvurm) wrote,
Rob Abrazado

You need this drug

I am not, on the whole, overly fond of pharmaceuticals. Like as an industry. There are some out there, like my mom, who are pretty much dead-set against the whole shebang; she tends to turn her nose up at the mention of most medications. I'm not quite as hardcore as all that, but I approach the "need" to medicate with more than the usual amount of skepticism. Sometimes to my detriment, I'm sure. While I do acknowledge leaps made by modern medicine in treating illness with chemicals, and even feel there may be cases where there may not even be alternatives, on the whole I kind of turn a jaundiced eye to the whole pharma scene. It's kind of a common sentiment in my whole family, actually, now that I think about it.

In any case, that was by way of warming you up to an NPR story I read today: How a Bone Disease Grew to Fit the Prescription. It's the tale of how basically the whole medical industry was altered to make room for a new (now quite prevalent) drug to be marketed. Fair warning, the article is a little long, but I found it to be pretty worth reading. I also felt it took a somewhat balanced look at the whole situation, but I couldn't help reading it with the skeptical slant encouraged by the prejudiced attitude I outlined above. In any case, whether I'm reading too much into it or not, the story definitely nudges me more toward my mom's end of the spectrum. :)
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