I don't think there is one simple answer to this either. However, one thing that does bother me alot is the pharmaceuticals spent more money last year on advertising than on research. Something wrong with that picture in my opinion.
I read recently the FDA is going to require the pharmaceuticals to revamp their advertising practices, thats long overdue. I found it quite interesting that the FDA had fewer requests for new drug approval last year than in years past. So far this year its been the same.
I think its great that dr offices will give patients samples of medication. But, I do have a problem with drs that use the flavor of the month when prescribing these free meds because the drug rep just left a new batch of something new to give out. Because of the kickbacks involved to the drs and clinics we need some kind of control in place between the drs & pharmaceuticals to elminate this practice.
Last of all and then, I will shut up, as seen with the Phen-Phen cases, key employees gave memos and spoke directly to the higher ups in the company that the drug was dangerous and had a very high propencity to cause pulmonary hypertension leading to serious heart problems including death. They ignored this because it was such a money maker for them. All of the above came out in court depositions and under oath admitted they ignored the warnings from their people. Phen-Phen was taken off of the market in England 2yrs prior to the USA taking it off the market. As in many cases we seem to be the one to remove dangerous drugs from the public, why???
Post Edited (Chutz) : 6/5/2008 9:25:46 AM (GMT-6)
Havent posted in a while as I've been completely wiped out for some reason. Love reading the posts but dont always have the energy to type.
I just wanted to quickly weigh in on this as I have one of those unknown diseases called Interstitial Cystitis.
From having the typr of disease your referring to, I believe that until the disease gains attention which these diseases need in order to keep up research for cures or new medication, they remain uncommon. But as more DR's become knowlegable about the symptoms and understand the disease more people are able to put names to and treat the symotoms that may have gone undiagnosed for so long. I know with IC people have spent 5-7 years looking for a diagnosis. Even if the "popularity" only comes from pharm companies those of us that suffer from uncommon diseases need the public attention. We need more DR's to understand and more people to take an interest in funding research.
IC has gotten no public attention and is only a condition that is known from word of mouth or the few DR's that actually know the symotoms. I know that was the story with Fibro. Although it existed for decades maybe longer, it was given no attention so was unheard of. Now it is extreamly publicized and people are getting the help they need.
It's common sense that once a condition gains attention and publicity more and more people are going to get there symptoms finally treated.
As for the depression issue. It is not often diagnosed as a major depressive disorder when associated with pain or a stressful situation. It could be diagosed as a type of adjustment dissorder with depressed mood, which is a diagnosis that dissapates when that person learns to cope with pain and the depression stemming from it. It is still commonly treated with anti-depressanst. But You would have to match all the required diagnostic criteria to be diagnosed with a Deressive disorder. Most people even DR's use the word depression to describe a feeling or situation so it has become more of a blanket term for being sad and having a hard time dealing. Same with anxiety associated wit pain.
Just thought I'd chime in as I have one of those uncommon diseases and am heading in soon to get my head shrunk and probably given one of those anti-depressants...yay.