Posted 4/27/2008 3:36 AM (GMT -6)
Pharmaceutical companies are not just manipulating research results, they're also manipulating government officials by giving huge campaign donations, and they're also influencing new MD's by contributing to the authoring of medical textbooks. This is unsustainable in my humble opinion. The eventual outcome may be drug vending machines instead of real, thinking MD's (sometimes when I go to the doctor, it seems like I'm already only getting a drug vending machine instead of seeing a real human being). Got symptom complex A (where "symptom complex A" is a particular set of symptoms commonly thought to be due to a specific diagnosis or set of diagnoses all treatable with a given class of drugs)? See vending machine Z. Symptom complex B? See vending machine W, etc. And the poor sap who has something "rare" or an unusual presentation of a common disorder will either not get any treatment or get the wrong treatment, since there's no room in this method for anything beyond the "textbook" set of "common" ailments or "common" presentation of certain ailments. They forgot that the total number of people diagnosed with "rare" disorders actually is a pretty large group, and therefore not truely "rare." Scary.