Letter Urging Rejection of Florbetapir F18 Injection (Amyvid), Experimental Procedure for Diagnosing Alzheimer’s Disease
Letter Opposing Approval of Rivaroxaban (Xarelto) for Anticoagulation Therapy in Patients With Atrial Fibrillation
The ABC News stories ignore context. But so do the press releases and studies from the CDCP triggering this anxiety. The CDC fails to note that the increase is concentrated among young adults in rural areas who are also abusing other prescription painkillers and medications in combination with cocaine. That's not a good thing but it's not an epidemic affecting everyone.
The Wolfe inspired panic is par for the course. For instance, Sid Wolfe opposed the approval of every oral diabetes drugs since the 1970s.
And speaking of scares: Remember when Steve Nissen spread fear about the cardiovascular risks of using meds for ADHD. The cardiologist who knows next to nothing about treating ADHD said he wants doctor's pen to quiver before the write a scrip for a drug Nissen believes is overprescribed. He continued the assault earlier this year when an observational study that Nissen (who specializes in running small observational studies for money) trashed as too small showed no CV risk. http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-504763_162-20063572-10391704.html
Now a large FDA sponsored study finds no risk.
Everything we worry about, especially when it's a risk hyped by those who are anti-innovation like Wolfe and Nissen , has to be placed in the context of previous studies, other risks, variations unique to individuals or groups. If a risk is not discussed with such parameters in place, it is not a risk..it's a false alarm.