Could It Kill You? Your Doctor Could Be Ignorant Of Popular Prescription Dangers

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On your next visit to your family doctor, upon informing the sawbones of your most unbearable afflictions, it’s likely that the prescription pad will come out and you’ll find yourself on a daily regimen of the latest wonder drug promised to make your existence more comfortable. But, not so fast — for all of the benefits your physician may tell you about a new drug, he may be ignorant of some ghastly side effects.

It’s no secret that doctors in the United States, and many other developed nations, are heavily swayed in their likelihood to prescribe one drug over another (or even any drug at all) by the promotional efforts of pharmaceutical companies. It has even been noted that most medical providers are courted by Big Pharma before they even finish training for their careers.

Unfortunately for you, the patient, the pharmaceutical reps that visit your primary care provider really don’t have your best interest in mind. Rather, they are interested in sweetening a deal with the doc to ensure that as much of the product pushed by their respective company is prescribed as possible. And a new study published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine confirms that Big Pharma reps, like any good salesmen, generally focus only on the positive to close the deal.

A questionnaire filled out by doctors in Canada, the U.S. and France about how drugs were pushed by Pharma reps and the information that was provided showed that information about common or serious side effects and the type of patients who should not use certain medicines was left out 59 percent of the time.

“Laws in all three countries require sales representatives to provide information on harm as well as benefits,” said lead author Barbara Mintzes of the University of British Columbia. “But no one is monitoring these visits and there are next to no sanctions for misleading or inaccurate promotion.”

While Food and Drug Administration regulations required warning labels listing the potential dangers of 57 percent of the medications pushed on doctors, fork-tongued pharmaceutical salespeople only verbally went over risks with doctors 6 percent of the time.

So, next time your physician offers you a solution to your health problems in the form of a magical pill, salve or shot — be sure to ask for a verbal rundown of possible health risks. Because in the end, you’re the only person whose bottom line is your personal well-being.

Sam Rolley

Sam Rolley began a career in journalism working for a small town newspaper while seeking a B.A. in English. After covering community news and politics, Rolley took a position at Personal Liberty Media Group where could better hone his focus on his true passions: national politics and liberty issues. In his daily columns and reports, Rolley works to help readers understand which lies are perpetuated by the mainstream media and to stay on top of issues ignored by more conventional media outlets.

  • 4lifeandfreedom

    Connections among the medications prescribed to deal with(mask) the side effects of a previous medication reveal the “new” diseases that they cause.

  • Chester

    Just as an aside, might look up the “side effects” of the everyday things you use. Depending on your body, you may have problems with eggs, sugar, milk, aspirin, or even water. Nearly every food and medicine we use has undesirable side effects for someone. Plus, there are times when you have to balance the desired effects against the known side effects to figure whether or not something is worth using.

    • independent thinker

      Chester the article is not about balanceing the desired results against the hazzards. The article is about your Dr. not knowing the potential bad side effects of what he is prescribing. I have read several times that no matter how poorly or how well the Dr covers the medication with you a person should quiz the pharmacist about the medication. This would include being sure the pharmacist knows about any other meds you take because of possible negative interactions between drugs.

      • http://www.humboldtlib.blogspot.com/ Fred Mangels

        There’s thousands of prescription medications. I don’t expect doctors to know side effects of all drugs off the top of their head. Funny thing is, doctors and pharmacists get their information on side effects from the pharmaceutical companies. Who else does the testing on drugs and would know?

  • DonnaAngelStar

    From my own experiences, the pill is worse than the ill.
    Big Pharma equates to big money and they only want to keep you on bunch of crap that will only give you more health issues. They’ve gotta keep that money tree growing.

  • sheryl cook

    Carvedilol

    timolol
    digoxin

    These were the meds
    prescribed to my dad to help with his interstitial lung disease, he was
    80 yrs old, passed on Feb 7. The side effects of these drugs were
    showing up and making him suffer needlessly (in my opinion), I asked mom
    and dad at the time when I found out about the side effects combining
    these drugs, what are the chances of these drugs causing his problems
    and not the interstitial lung disease… I was told basically the doc’s
    know what they are doing, without those drugs he would die… I feel
    that those drugs expedited his passing and without them he may have had a
    chance for a few more years. Just sickening to believe that the great
    and wonderful OZ knows all.

  • http://www.facebook.com/adrian.vance1 Adrian Vance

    Doctors now have to know so much we should turn it over to computers. They don’t make mistakes and kill 12,000 people every year with their errors.

    See The Two Minute Conservative at: http://tinyurl.com/7jgh7wv and when you speak ladies will swoon and liberal gentlemen will weep.

  • rendarsmith

    Just watch TV. Every commercial break has pharmaceutical advertisements. Then the next commercial is likely to be from a law firm about a failed procedure or prescription and you may be entitled to compensation!