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Old Mar 8th 2014, 1:15 am
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Originally Posted by Pulaski
TV ads for any prescription medication. "Ask your doctor if Lipitor® is right for you.". ...... No, you lard-arse, you need to go on a diet!
Actually I'm on Lipitor (well the generic atorvastatin now the patent has expired) and for people like me with familial hypercholesterolemia, that killed my mother at 44 and her brother at 31, it's not optional. I am on a diet as well, lost two stone since September

Ironically, I wouldn't have FH if my family had been from many parts of the US (well I wouldn't exist) because we have the bad gene because my maternal grandparents were first cousins. Perfectly legal if a little scandalous in England, but not allowed in many places here.
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Actually I'm on Lipitor (well the generic atorvastatin now the patent has expired) and for people like me with familial hypercholesterolemia, that killed my mother at 44 and her brother at 31, it's not optional. I am on a diet as well, lost two stone since September

Ironically, I wouldn't have FH if my family had been from many parts of the US (well I wouldn't exist) because we have the bad gene because my maternal grandparents were first cousins. Perfectly legal if a little scandalous in England, but not allowed in many places here.
. No offence meant, it was just the first non-ED drug that sprang to mind. I know that it is essential for some people but I recall reading a few years ago, when it was still only available as the brand drug, that statistically only 1 in 60 people who took it were likely to gain any benefit from it.

That said, the "WTF factor" is that the manufacturer is inviting you to take the idea to your doctor, rather than you doctor tell you about treatments that would benefit you.
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Originally Posted by Pulaski
. No offence meant, it was just the first non-ED drug that sprang to mind. I know that it is essential for some people but I recall reading a few years ago, when it was still only available as the brand drug, that statistically only 1 in 60 people who took it were likely to gain any benefit from it.

That said, the "WTF factor" is that the manufacturer is inviting you to take the idea to your doctor, rather than you doctor tell you about treatments that would benefit you.
Oh none taken, and I understand that many doctors on both sides of the Atlantic advocate all adults taking low doses of statins as a preventative.

The whole prescription drugs advertising (I believe only NZ in the developed world also allows it) thing is totally bizarre to me, especially as the FDA-mandated warnings always make me feel "I don't care what it's supposed to cure, I'm not touching it with a bargepole."

And I agree that the implication you should ask it of your doctor seems the wrong way round.
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Originally Posted by Pulaski
TV ads for any prescription medication. "Ask your doctor if Lipitor® is right for you.". ...... No, you lard-arse, you need to go on a diet!
Then there'll be the ad inviting you to sue a drug manufacturer as the drug now has been shown to have hideous side effects!
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Originally Posted by HartleyHare
Then there'll be the ad inviting you or your heirs to sue a drug manufacturer as the drug now has been shown to have hideous side effects!
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I think a Brit will always read it that way
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I think a Brit will always read it that way
I did!! had to re-read it twice!
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It doesn't get much more WTF than this.....

http://www.myfoxtampabay.com/story/2...u8sNc.facebook
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It doesn't get much more WTF than this.....

http://www.myfoxtampabay.com/story/2...u8sNc.facebook
Oh yeah ?

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england...shire-26456029

What IS it with pit bulls ?
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Placed on the sex offenders register for having sex with a dog!!!
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Placed on the sex offenders register for having sex with a dog!!!
Puppy love....
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The dogs bollocks....
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It's funny how drug side effects can often be the same as the condition you're trying to address with said drug.
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It's funny how drug side effects can often be the same as the condition you're trying to address with said drug.
Yeah one of the advertised antidepressants had potential side effects that included disturbed sleep, drowsiness, loss of appetite and lack of energy. What is the difference between "side effects" and the drug simply not working?
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Originally Posted by Pulaski
TV ads for any prescription medication. "Ask your doctor if Lipitor® is right for you.". ...... No, you lard-arse, you need to go on a diet!
While many can control and lower cholesterol by diet, not everyone can, and there isn't always a clear cut reason as to why someone's cholesterol is high nor is everyone with high cholesterol overweight..

I am skinny and have high cholesterol, no weight to lose, eat the rabbit diet the dietitian designed and the cholesterol still won't go down, but not on medication of any sort for it at this time.


This makes you think a bit, and probably could happen anywhere, but women was dead for 6 years, but all her bills were on auto-pay so nobody thought much of her not being around, until the bills stopped being paid that is....

http://www.cnn.com/2014/03/07/us/mic...html?hpt=hp_t2
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