reply to post by beckybecky
The outcry here against big pharma doesn't seem to fit in this case?
The problem was an individual researcher- who didn't work for any particular pharmaceutical company- did bad work.
It also states:
The first indication that beta blockers should not be routinely given prior to non-cardiac surgery due to the increased risk of death came out in
2008,11 but it appears that even though cardiology guidelines were eventually changed in both the UK and the US to reflect this concern, physicians
continued to prescribe the perioperative use of beta blockers anyway.
The doctors are at fault then.
At least this article has the integrity to state the fact that medicines that kill one person can save another- it all depends upon who it is given
There was a similar scandal here with a medicine for diabetes, which had negative effects over the long term for patients taking it that didn't have
that condition. It was found to cause weight loss as a side effect, so doctors started prescribing it to patients for just that. Not only that, they
would prescribe it along with things like diuretics, which made it bad for them (especially the heart).
The pharmaceutical company was blamed for this in the media, when it was exposed years after the medicine was discontinued by the company. Everyone
likes to say it was the pharma company that told the doctors to prescribe it for this.
But my husband worked for that company, and he represented that drug. He woudl come home at night furious and ranting, explaining to me that doctors
were doing this, and choosing to ignore his explanations to them on why they shouldn't. The company knew it wasn't good for people without diabetes.
At one point a bonus check was awarded to the rep that could get their sales of that medicine down
the most in their sector.
But the patients were insistent, it gave the docs lots of business and they ignored the warnings, so the company pulled it out.
When the scandal erupted, the company had no choice but to take the blame because the doctors are still their clients- it is not good business to
tattle on your clients. You take the fall for them.
Luckily my husband stopped working for them and is no longer a pharmaceutical rep. But that experience made me aware of how much the media can put a
spin on things in a way that will attract us and fool us- the liars and ones out to make an easy buck off us is not always the ones we see at first