July 01, 2009

Are They Going After All Pain Drugs Now?

Back in January I wrote about how the FDA advisory group voted to ban Darvocet because of it poses an overdose risk because stupid people don't understand how many to take.

Darvocet is one of the top 25 medications prescribed, about 20 million prescriptions were written in 2007 but only about 3000 case were for "serious problems" and those problems being suicide, dependance and overdose.

So it that case 0.00015% of the population is going to dictate to 20 million people that they can no longer take the drug because of a microscopic portion of the population is stupid.

And now those fuckers are after Vicoden, Percocet and fucking Tylenol.

Government experts say prescription drugs like Vicodin and Percocet that combine a popular painkiller with stronger narcotics should be eliminated because of their role in deadly overdoses.

A Food and Drug Administration panel on Tuesday voted 20-17 that prescription drugs that combine acetaminophen with other painkilling ingredients should be pulled off the market.

They basically want to pull anything off the market that has acetaminophen in it, which is almost every pain drug on the market.

They want to do this to protect us "stupid" people from liver failure. Because soooo many people are just dropping over from Tylenol induced liver failure these days.

Panelists cited FDA data indicating 60 percent of acetaminophen-related deaths are related to prescription products. Acetaminophen is also found in popular over-the-counter medications like Tylenol and Excedrin.

"We're here because there are inadvertent overdoses with this drug that are fatal, and this is the one opportunity we have to do something that will have a big impact," said Dr. Judith Kramer of Duke University Medical Center.

But they refuse to publish how many acetaminophen related deaths there are, but if we look at the above figures we see that in 2007 there were 3000 of them. So again the microscopic 0.00015% of the population is dictating which pain medications we are allowed to take.

But many panelists opposed a sweeping withdrawal of products that are so widely used to control severe, chronic pain.

"To make this shift without very clear understanding of the implications on the management of pain would be a huge mistake," said Dr. Robert Kerns of Yale University. (emphasis mine)

All I can say is: No Fucking Duh

The government really, truely, deep down thinks everyone is stupid.

Posted by Quality Weenie at July 1, 2009 11:07 AM | TrackBack

Just heard this... don't know why I'm not surprised...!

Posted by: Pam at July 1, 2009 12:18 PM

The 'guv'ment' does think everyone is stupid.

The problem is, not enough smart people stand up to say anything.

Posted by: Rave at July 2, 2009 08:09 AM

Well, it's actually pretty simple. The Donks are afraid to go after our guns, they remember '94. So they want everyone old enough to remember freedom to ache too much to go to Washington, DC with shotguns, rope and tar and feathers.

Then when Obamacare comes through we'll all die and they'll have their preferred mob of young, healthy kids, all dumber than a box of rocks.

Posted by: Peter at July 2, 2009 04:30 PM

The fact that these commie bastards told the American people how they were going to screw them over, and STILL got elected, is positive proof that most of us ARE that goddamn stupid.

Posted by: Graumagus at July 3, 2009 12:12 PM