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June 05, 2006

'I Want a New Drug - One That Won't Make Me Sick'

PillThose of us who remember that lyric from the classic 1983 Huey Lewis song probably started thinking differently about those words once we hit 40.

Every time we turn on our television sets, we’re inundated with commercials about new drugs and ailments we’ve never heard of before. Are you shy at parties? There’s a drug for it.  Do you carry your weight around your midriff? There’s a drug for it.  Do you have restless legs?  You guessed it.

Not to dismiss the fact that there are folks who suffer with these conditions, but I just have to say, I was always shy at parties, I often wiggle my legs incessantly at night before going to sleep and I wouldn’t recognize my own midriff if it didn’t have a little padding around it.  Yet, I never considered taking specific drugs for any of those things. Maybe a glass of wine once and a while…

That being said, we shouldn’t ignore some potentially new and exciting drugs on the horizon. Especially, drugs which show promise in the treatment of Type 2 Diabetes as well as a new drug just introduced for women with breast cancer and those suffering with kidney disease. Please note, I’m not condoning or promoting the use of any of these drugs, just making the information available to you.

Below are links to articles out lining these new drugs:

Who'll Get Fat Sales From Obesity? – Business Week

New Drug May Slow Breast Cancer – CBS News

Novel Therapies Beat Back Stubborn Cancers – Forbes

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Drugs for shyness and weight loss are contentious at least partly because being shy is part of a continuum of normal personality and being fat is part of a continuum of normal weights.

However, I don't think that restless legs should be lumped in there. It's not part of a continuum of normal sleep. Frequently it's a complication of other conditions, such as iron deficiency. I don't understand why anybody would feel that medicating it is any different than medicating, say, sleep apnea.

Posted by: | Jun 9, 2006 1:23:46 PM

I appeciate your point of view. Here's an interesting take on the entire pharmaceutical community's pattern of labeling disorders as diseases and then subsequently over medicating. I thought it was interesting. From the Washington Post:

Posted by: Cindy | Jun 12, 2006 1:57:57 PM

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