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    Dr.J, A dear friend’s beloved daughter died precisely from having the same reaction as yours–she didn’t treat her acute appendicitis with the necessary prescription drugs and antibiotics, and died unnecessarily after a long and painful period of being extremely ill. My grandfather, as well, had died of appendicitis–but it was before any antibiotics at all were yet available for treating the problem. So, I am sorry to say that I must respond to your comment, one which ordinarily I would leave unnoticed, as all the response it deserves. But, in that its borderline-wacko zealousness is not merely unhelpful, it bears saying that it is entirely the opposite case: Prescription drugs are not mere money-makers that cause suicides, for they have helped innumerable people to continue living–and, as well, to do so with both enjoyment and contentedness. You might just as well say that, because some very few people have specific allergic reactions to antibiotics–as prescription drugs (which have saved billions of people, and repeatedly for many of them, too)–this means that all antibiotics are deadly for all people, which everyone here must realize is an untrue statement. And antibiotics are among the many prescription drugs you wipe off the table with that one, broad, mindless sweep of your arm–the very prescription drugs that would’ve saved millions of Native American tribes, alone, not merely from their own, personal sufferings and deaths, but would’ve saved entire tribes becoming extinct from diseases we so easily treat today. The diabetes that is managed with insulin, or the heart disease, or ulcers–all those folks’ lives have been made to continue, as well as to become enjoyable and fruitful. Prescription drugs treat the diabetes, the asthma, the venereal diseases, the bronchial infections, the gangrene, the meningitis, the miscarriages, the infertility–and, this very moment, as we’re hearing of repeatedly, alarmingly, the ebola (albeit, with lesser results). Yes, investors are asked to put up funds in order for pharmcologists to arrive at the best drug for the most affordable price–and, sure, a reasonable return on the investors’ money, which they risked losing if the research did not produce effective results. So no, they are not produced only as money-makers for investors–if not for those investors, there would never be adequate funds to conduct any pharmacology research at all. And in that case, millions more would continue to needlessly suffer and die. Are there cases where the patient was given a drug to which they had a violent reaction? Of course there are–just as someone can have such a reaction to drinking milk to which they’re unknowingly allergic, or to nuts. Nothing works exactly the same for everyone, because each person has his own set of genes and biochemistry. But in the many drug trials, FOR THE GREATEST PROPORTION of people, these drugs have done what they needed (and were expected) to do.


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