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  • 07/30/2007
"There are people with so much antipathy for companies making money from drugs that they would rather people die than be helped from a new medicine"

The politicization of medicine. Why are such tactics necessary if the science speaks for itself. Why do how researchers who employ those tactics be relied upon as reliably as those that do not. "

Editorials that are one sided that give the media a field day for bashing. This is not a civilized world. Bashing should not be part of our culture. I heard today that A1C is not the gold standard but it is associated with a decrease in why is that now a problem. Why was there no evidence on statin use?

Charlie Steele, diabetes patient. Focuses on limb losses. 225 a day lose their leg because of diabetes. My A1C is creeping up. The longer you have diabetes the more likely this will happen. As a patient I want as many drugs. I am concerned about the hype. It makes one head spin. We need all the weapons we need. The 84 year old mother. She tried diabetic meds and could not tolerate them.. Avandia worked but now she doesn't take it because of the Nissen study.

Jerome Tolbott, endocrinologist. Had a patient demand to be taken off Avandia. Family demanded he be taken off the Avandia because of the media report. Doctors are just stopping the medication and it will worsen the diabetes problem. The TZDs are the only drugs that target insulin resistance. I have treated many patients with Avandia. Longshoreman was afraid to use a needle. After about five years with Avandia and two other oral agents his diabetes is under control. Two third of patients fail to control their A1C properly. The result is blindness, kidney failure, amputation. I need Avandia to help my patients. The media is terrorizing my patients.

We have set meta analysis up as a quasi null hypothesis that clinical data cannot refute..".J Richard Turner. PhD (Meanwhile, David Graham based on relatively little data claims Actos is a safer and better drug)

A physician survey showed that 75 percent of all diabetes doctors have seen reduced compliance or abandonment of Avandia.

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