It might be just a coincidence, but as television drug advertising grows ever more pervasive, it seems the warnings grow increasingly dire, and increasingly vague, i.e. “people taking Grinexa may experience dizziness, swelling, loss of vision and involuntary muscle spasms which may become permanent. Some patients have experienced bleeding disorders while taking Grinexa, sometimes fatal. Call your doctor and stop taking Grinexa if you have suicidal thoughts or tendencies…”
I was always taught that drug protocols are rigorous, and I would imagine that drug manufacturors have a vested interest in keeping the warnings to a minimum, so why is it that the most widely advertised drugs seem to have the most potentially dangerous side effects? Is it just the drug companies covering their collective asses?
I think the warning that puzzles me the most is the “suicidal tendencies”…how exactly is that linked to a drug? Seems to me that in any population, whether is it people taking Grinexa, people who enjoy Ramen noodles, or people who regularly indulge in single malt scotch, there will be a few who contemplate or attempt suicide. Is it really possible to develop and market a drug that has otherwise happy and well adjusted folks leaping out windows during the testing phase? How many patients must die from side effects, or kill themselves, before a drug is deemed too dangerous to prescribe?