Dr. Veronica Note:
A few take aways:
First, physicians must investigate for themselves and decide what is right for each individual patient. Many new uses for drugs are found as they are used off label which have had multiple benefits.
Second, patients must not take everything they see in drug advertisements as the gospel truth. Discussion about approprate use must happen in each individual situation between physician and patient.
Here are some statemnts to seriously consider:
Andrew Kolodny, MD, a New York psychiatrist who has been trying to reform the use of narcotic painkillers in the U.S., said the decision was terrible for public health.
"A large portion of Americans already are taking drugs with serious risks that outweigh the benefits," he said.
"This is going to get much worse," Kolodny said. "It's a safe bet that health outcomes will decline from medication side effects, while spending on prescription drugs will continue to rise.