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Week 14

Health Tip Of The Week...

An Expensive and Worthless Drug…
The worthlessness of cholesterol drugs was demonstrated recently by a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine which showed that niacin (a low-cost B vitamin) out-performs Merck's drug Zetia for preventing the build-up of arterial plaque, a symptom of cardiovascular disease. Zetia carries a 5800% higher price than niacin!

The Food and Drug Administration Comes Clean

According to an article published in the March 27, 2010 edition of the New York Times, "medical doctors in the U.S. wrote more than four million prescriptions last year for nitroglycerin tablets, heart drugs placed under the tongue to reduce the chest pain angina or to stop a heart attack."
Other than what's obvious, what's the problem?  The problem is that the majority of the drugs sold had not been approved for sale, nor had their safety and effectiveness been determined or sanctioned by the Food and Drug Administration. 
Many makers of various drugs, not only nitroglycerin tablets, have long contended that their drugs did not require F.D.A. review because they were grandfathered in because they were pre-1938 drugs.  But the agency is now disputing that interpretation of its rules.  It took action on nitroglycerin tablets after looking into the matter and being struck by the large volume of prescriptions being filled with unapproved versions.
Of the nearly 4.4 million prescriptions for under-the-tongue nitroglycerin tablets last year in this country, about 80% were filled with unapproved drugs, according to data from the research firm IMS Health.
Many cardiologists said they were shocked to learn that for years their patients might have been taking crucial heart drugs whose safety and potency had not been sanctioned by the F.D.A.  Medical doctors had no way to know if their patients received an inferior drug.

The Bottom Line…The Bottom Line…The Bottom Line…

Consider the conscientious medical doctor…what a dilemma!  Aside from questioning whether or not the conditions they treat with drugs result from not enough of that drug in the patient's system, now they have to contend with thinking every time they sit down to write a prescription: "Is the patient actually going to get the right stuff?"  Is the patient getting the right drug?"  Is there something natural (like niacin) that would do just as good a job and cost way less?"

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