Posts Tagged ‘medication’
Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Friday, June 15, 2012
What dangers lurk ahead for new “blood thinner” medications?
Could we unwittingly be participating in our own destruction?
Not only that, but these new medications are exorbitantly expensive, as well.
Are they worth it in the long run?
Should we continue to use the ready stand-by?
The new meds have no antidote. The old one does.
Too little too late, or too much too soon?
Are we playing with fire?
Only time will tell.
Insight: Top heart doctors fret over new blood thinners
6:50am EDT, 14 June 2012
By Ransdell Pierson
NEW YORK (Reuters) – For millions of heart patients, a pair of new blood thinners have been heralded as the first replacements in 60 years for warfarin, a pill whose hardships and risks have deterred many from using the stroke-prevention medicine.
But growing complaints of risks and deaths tied to the new crop of drugs have made some top U.S. cardiologists hesitant to prescribe them. Some are proposing a more rigorous monitoring regimen for when they are used.
Most concerns revolve around Pradaxa, a twice daily pill from Boehringer Ingelheim that was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in October 2010 to prevent strokes in patients with an irregular heartbeat called atrial fibrillation. It was the first new oral treatment for that use since warfarin was introduced in the 1950s.
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Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Sunday, June 3, 2012
In a nutshell, cancer is simply a case of good and normal cells which have “gone bad,” which are typically characterized by rapid reproduction of those mutated cells, accompanied by the development of its own network of blood vessels to feed its growth (angiogenesis).
The initial findings in this research are indeed promising.
Drug Helps Defense System Fight Cancer
June 1, 2012 By ANDREW POLLACK
CHICAGO — One of the great frustrations for researchers in the war on cancer is that the body’s own defense system does not do a better job fighting the disease. Tumors, it turns out, have a molecular shield that repels attacks from the immune system.
Now, a new study says, an experimental drug is showing promise in disabling that shield, unleashing the immune system and causing shrinkage of some lung, skin and kidney cancers that had defied treatment with existing drugs.
“We are seeing responses in heavily treated patients — three different cancers, one drug,” Dr. Suzanne L. Topalian, a melanoma specialist at Johns Hopkins University and lead investigator in the study, said in an interview. “This is a group of patients whose life expectancy was measured in a few months.”
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Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Thursday, November 4, 2010
Periodically, friends and family come to me seeking understanding about various medical and health related issues, which often includes information about procedures and medications.
And on occasion, I continue to be asked to identify certain medications.
Particularly problematic are the numerous herbs and Over The Counter (OTC) non-prescription remedies that neither treat nor cure, yet proliferate and line the pockets of those unscrupulous enough to market and sell them to the unsuspectingly ignorant.
On one such occasion, I was asked by a friend to identify several foreign concoctions of apparent Asian origin, which I succeed in identifying, though I suspect I merely added levity to our communication. Fortunately, the request wasn’t anything of any seriously substantial nature.
It’s becoming more difficult to identify many items, though I count myself fortunate to have access to the numerous resources I do.
Here’s the text of my response. Perhaps you’ll find it enlightening. …Continue…
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Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Thursday, March 25, 2010
[ed. note: I wrote this post accompanying some photos I'd made and posted to my Flickr site back around October 2009.]
He wanted some OTC ranitidine. I told him, “Get omeprazole!” But he didn’t, saying he wanted more rapid relief.
So… guess what!?!
It just so happened, that at the checkout stand in front of us was a Big Pharma sales rep. She said, “Use this!,” and pulled out …Continue… to see if it’s a BIG GUN!…
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Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Monday, February 8, 2010
And are you aware, that pound-for-pound, Viagra is MORE expensive than a fully loaded Mercedes-Benz S550 4Matic?
A fully-dressed, 2005 Mercedes-Benz S550 4Matic (their top-of-the-line/flagship luxury sedan) weighs …Continue…
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Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Monday, January 11, 2010
“Simponi can lower your ability to fight infections, including tuberculosis. Serious and sometimes fatal events can occur – such as infections, cancer in children and adults, heart failure, nervous system disorders, liver or blood problems and allergic reactions. Before starting Simponi, your doctor should test you for TB and assess your risk of infections, including fungal infections, and hepatitis B.”
- from a teevee commercial/advertisement for a once-a-month, self-injectable “drug/medicine” branded “Simponi” purported to treat rheumatoid arthritis
“SIMPONI™ can lower your ability to fight infections. There are reports of serious infections caused by bacteria, fungi, or viruses that have spread throughout the body, including tuberculosis (TB) and histoplasmosis. Some of these infections have been fatal. Your doctor will test you for TB before starting SIMPONI™ and will monitor you for signs of TB during treatment. Tell your doctor if you have been in close contact with people with TB. Tell your doctor if you have been in a region (such as the Ohio and Mississippi River Valleys and the Southwest) where certain fungal infections like histoplasmosis or coccidioidomycosis are common. Unusual cancers have been reported in children and teenage patients taking TNF-blocker medicines. For children and adults taking TNF blockers, including SIMPONI™, the chances for getting lymphoma or other cancers may increase. You should tell your doctor if you have had or develop lymphoma or other cancers.”
- from the http://www.simponi.com/ website
The word “medication” can be simply defined as “a compound or preparation used for the treatment or prevention of disease,” while the word “cure” can be simply defined as to “relieve (a person or animal) of the symptoms of a disease or condition.”
Should a “cure” cause disease?
What the hell was the FDA thinking when they approved this “medicine”?
What sense does it make to create a “medicine” for which the company knows causes cancer? Is that not a class action lawsuit waiting to happen? Would the American Cancer Association approve this medication?
Would YOU recommend this “medicine” to your family and friends?
Would YOU take this “medicine”?
Should this “medicine” be banned?
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