The Book of Questions – Question #5

If a new medicine were developed that would cure arthritis but cause a fatal reaction in 1 percent of those who took in, would you want it to be released to the public?I guess it would depend on what would the one percent represented. How many people would be taking this medicine; a hundred, a thousand, a million? Hmmm. I mean considering all of the other medication that is out on the market, I guess it wouldn’t really matter. God, on the television and in magazines, all these miracle drug commercials. I esp. love the “purple pill” one; they don’t tell you about what the damn thing cures or treats, they just tell you to ask your doctor if the purple pill right for you. WTF. And then the side effects; OMG, the side effects are worse than what they cure sometimes. There was that one pill, I can’t remember what it was, but it was the one that pregnant women couldn’t touch. WTF, how good is a pill if someone can’t touch it. The American drug industry is such a fucked up industry. On the one hand, they do come up with life saving drugs and cures, but on the other hand, their profits expectations and R&D are so high, they raise the prices of their drugs so people have to goto Canada or Mexico to be able to afford the drugs that they need.
However, to answer the question, if the fatality rate was really low, like 1/10 million or something, then I might let doctors prescribe the drug to their patients. However, I would not let this be a OTC drug.
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