Consumers vs Consumers Unions on Vioxx

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  • 08/07/2007
Article in my hometown (homestate?) paper on consumers who want Vioxx back for various reasons, none of which are good enough for the "true" voice of the consumer, Consumers Union. The condescending tone of the quote from CU's top doc Marvin Lipman is priceless, but then again, when you are an elitist and think most people are idiots easily manipulated by drug companies except (thank goodness) for you, such egotism can be excused:

"These patients argue they -- and not regulators or lawyers -- should decide whether a drug's benefits outweigh its risks, or even whether a drug poses any risks to them at all.

But Marvin Lipman, chief medical adviser for the nonprofit Consumers Union, which has advocated for drug-safety reforms, said such responses, while not unusual, are misguided.

"People do get used to the idea that one drug can help them," Lipman said. "A person's conviction that something is helping them or that only one thing will help them is often erroneous. The impact may be exaggerated."

As opposed to the CU's conviction that the drugs they recommend as Best Buys for Alzheimer's and other drugs are they only things that will help is not erroneous?

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