Evidence Swallowed

23 04 2012

I found a great article in the New York Times called “The Wrong Way to Stop Fake Drugs.” Where the author, Roger Bate, states that “numerous incidents surely go unreported, the evidence swallowed, the deaths incorrectly attributed to natural causes.” This is true, over the years people have been poisoning cough medicine by putting diethylene glycol, which is the main ingredient in antifreeze, in children’s cough medicine and other medicines.

By hiding diethylene glycol in cough medicines it hides the fact that the patient died from diethylene glycol. It is then recorded that the patient died from whatever illness, like the common cold, they were being treated for. One huge distributor of fake pharmaceuticals is the world wide web. Technically, it is illegal, for a US citizen, to order drugs online from other countries, but you don’t see people getting in trouble for that. As soon as an illegal online pharmacy is shut down by the FDA, a few more pop up and replace that shut down one. The author of the article likened this by saying it is like playing wack-a-mole. I’m glad people are trying to shut down shady online pharmacies.

The one good thing about ACCREDITED online pharmacies is the wide spread availability for those who are uninsured, under-insured, etc. This could provide access to the medicines they need and can afford. For this case, it would be good to not shut down this business entirely. The current law is set in place so people do not purchase potentially dangerous drugs. I, personally, would not go online to purchase drugs. I try not to take drugs at all. I believe prevention is key and that people should try to take all the precautions they can to ensure good health. Sometimes, I realize that that is not enough and pharmaceuticals may be the answer.  The answer, however, is not online and certainly not from a non-accredited website.




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