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More trouble in paradise

by duckman / November 23, 2005 12:03 AM PST
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It's all interesting.
by Dan McC / November 23, 2005 3:08 AM PST

Why do you single out the penultimate sentence?


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(NT) (NT) Why is a doctor filling the script?
by duckman / November 23, 2005 3:57 AM PST
In reply to: It's all interesting.
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Not everything goes through a pharmacy.
by Dan McC / November 23, 2005 5:37 AM PST

There are confidentiality issues that are unique to this prescription. We have discussed the difficulties that women can have getting this drug. There may be medical reasons, also.


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Then why isn't ALL emergency abortion pills
by duckman / November 23, 2005 6:19 AM PST

done with just the doctor?

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This isn't emergency abortion.
by Dan McC / November 23, 2005 6:24 AM PST

Are you, perhaps, confusing it with emergency contraception? Obviously, that is a very different situation.


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Putting things in context
by grandpaw7 / November 23, 2005 6:54 AM PST

''Mifeprex has been used in more than 500,000 medical abortions in the United States since its approval in September 2000. The risks of death from infection after using the pill are similar to the risks after surgical abortion or childbirth, said Dr. Steven Galson, director of the F.D.A.'s center for drugs.''

''No similar deaths have been reported in Europe, where Mifeprex is widely used.''

''More than 2 million Americans become seriously ill every year because of toxic reactions to correctly prescribed medicines taken properly, and 106.000 die from those reactions, a new study concludes.''

If all drugs involved were taken off the market, the deaths resulting would be much more.

''Merck & Co.?s arthritis drug Vioxx may have led to more than 27,000 heart attacks and sudden cardiac deaths before it was pulled from the market last week, the Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday, citing an unreleased study by government regulators.''

Two deaths out of 500,000 is ,0000004. If the 500,000 were increased to include the much greater use of the drug in Europe, you'd need a wide piece of paper to record the fraction.

Few important drugs have that good a record.

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