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firefly212: All the time I was on a drug (Neurontin) which was not approved for use as an MS drug, but was recommended as such pretty widely, was time my nervous system was getting shot to shiat because instead of taking drugs that had been tested for good efficacy, I was taking the advice of my doctor, who was taking the advice of a drug rep. =/ Fark those lying sons of biatches with rusty spoons... when you're poor and scratching together a third of your pay to afford drugs, mistakes like these are bad... but when they cause you to miss time when irreversible damage is needlessly done because you're on the wrong drug, it totally blows donkey balls.
tricycleracer: fuk yea free makret
Fart_Machine: [3.bp.blogspot.com image 360x600] Ah the good old days....
super_grass: Commercial speech is not exactly the same as personal expression, I expect a SCOTUS smackdown in the coming months.
HindiDiscoMonster: tricycleracer: fuk yea free makretIs that anything like a Meerkat?
Gyrfalcon: "The government clearly prosecuted Caronia for his words - for his speech," the majority wrote in the 2-to-1 decision. It concluded that "the government cannot prosecute pharmaceutical manufacturers and their representatives" under the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act for speech promoting off-label drug uses."Off-label" usage is not the same thing as making up uses for a drug out of whole cloth and claiming your snake oil will cure brain tumors and retardation. I've been using off-label meds for years, since the process for approving psychotropic medications is very slow--as it should be. I certainly wouldn't want pharmaceutical companies to ban off-label usage completely; but I don't want to see their reps allowed to run around claiming whatever they want to, either.It sounds like either this was a paid-for decision...or, just as likely, some judges didn't bother to understand what "off-label" really meant before they ruled. Either way, it better get overturned.
AliceBToklasLives: Meh, caveat emptor./why do we have the FDA anyway? It's restraint of trade.//I don't need nanny government to run drug trials I can damn well perform myself.