posted on Aug, 20 2005 @ 09:21 AM
Originally posted by djohnsto77
I think many of the problems with modern drugs comes from government and by extension societal pressure against drugs that can be addictive.
Antidepressant drugs are showing weird side effects, but would be unnecessary if benzodiazepines (like Valium) were more acceptable and now these
painkillers are showing problems but would be unnecessary if narcotics (such as codeine) were more acceptable and widely available...
Actually, the problems surrounding the NSAIDs are disconnected from "painkiller" choices. NSAIDs were designed to decrease inflammation that causes
the pain in the first place; usually associated with arthritis and related conditions. In other words, I believe they were developed to get more to
the CAUSE of the pain rather than mask the pain. It appears now that the entire NSAID family of drugs has a common problem. One of those problems
They were pushed to a wider market than they should have been.
And what I mean by this is...if you're 85 years old and suffering from tremendous arthritic pain, and you have no history of heart problems,
hypertension or high cholesterol. You should be able to use an NSAID type medication to assist in your arthritic condition with minimal risk that it
will end your life early. If you're 55 years old and you've got high blood pressure and cholesterol, and you've already had one heart attack - you
should have never been given an NSAID...and Merck et. al. pressured a wide prescribing of these medications. They deserve to pay a little. And I'm
absolutely not a litigious person. I also don't agree with the litigious nature of our society. And I back policy to get frivolous law suits under
control and place caps on awards...but I'm also pretty disgusted with the antics that the pharmaceutical companies keep pulling. They need to be put
in their place and it seems money is all that matters, so put them there through their wallets.
$253 million may be an excessive award (in fact, I personally believe it is), but if it sends a clear message to the drug companies - it was just