Medication info: The Internet is not enough

  • Article by: STEVEN HALLBLADE
  • Updated: July 26, 2013 - 5:56 PM

The safety of prescription medicine in the United States is at risk. Some in Congress want to start getting rid of the paper instructions that the law now requires drug companies to send to medical providers with medicine.

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pumiceJul. 26, 13 6:33 PM

Steven Hallblade concludes his informative article by insisting, "Congress should not restrict information about vital medications." Absolutely, Mr. Hallblade. This information is crucial; Congress should not mandate that the service be provided via Internet for all the reasons the authors discussed. Unless Congress adds the power to provide e-mail and Internet service to every citizen under Article I, Section 8, Clause 7 of the US Constitution which authorizes Congress to establish Post Offices and post Roads....

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owatonnabillJul. 27, 13 7:20 AM

How much information is enough information? On the one side those pamphlets included with prescription medications do an admirable and complete job of providing information about the drug and no pharmacist worth his/her salt will dispense medications to regular customers without keeping a file on that customer that indicates precisely which medications he/she is taking so that interactions and allergies can be taken into account, and without providing verbal counseling on the medication at the time it is picked up by the customer, but there is another side. How many times have we seen this-or-that medication advertised on TV or in a newspaper where that advertisement HASN'T been accompanied by a list of cautions and warnings that all too often stray waaaaay over the border of ridiculous? Good information is valuable. Excess verbiage that is just CYA is not.

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elle2008Jul. 27, 13 9:11 AM

In ten minutes I go to the doc to get a new antibiotic. The one I am on is giving me major side effects. I got the information from the Internet because I THREW THE PAPERWORK OUT. Many people don't even have the internet so our elected officials are again out to lunch.

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mandansmomJul. 27, 13 9:41 AM

"no pharmacist worth his/her salt will dispense medications to regular customers without keeping a file on that customer that indicates precisely which medications he/she is taking so that interactions and allergies can be taken into account,"

Trouble is, Bill, many families use several different pharmacies...one near work, one near home, one at the clinic....

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checkfactsJul. 27, 13 1:33 PM

HallBlade is correct, removing safety information is not only dangerous to the eventual user of the pharmaceutical, it is an insurance document that should contain traceability of the content. The supply chain of pharmaceuticals is rife with corruption, substitutions and shortcuts. Traceability of lawn fertilizer is superior to raw materials in the pharma industry. How else would the illegal meth cartels prosper if it weren't for collusion with big pharma raw material manufacturers? -- "There's money in them thar pills!"

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