Monday, December 31, 2012

The OxyContin Generation

Side effected of OxyContin (OxyCodone)
Tampa -- Fl; Probably much on the past decade, the word oxycontin as well the incursion of several opioids trademarked names had came in the inclusion of the vernacular dialects around the world as well many doubts regarded the safety use of these medicines to the general population but overall people have to understand that even with Hippocratic Oath, doctors usually trust what suppliers said about new medication and suppliers work for the pharmaceuticals which at the end is not a business about saving lives, it is a business to make more money at the expense of peoples' health.

The label on the drug, which was approved by the FDA, said that the risks of addiction are minimal but the New England Journal of Medicine, that "even if there is a minimal risk of addiction, there is still a risk of addiction." On another study of the journal, indicated that in a trial of patients diagnosed with arthritis, only a handful showed withdrawal symptoms. Maybe contemporary medicine had abused the benefit of the doubt given to multinationals,? or had become servants of what they dictate as recently again many in the health profession had rediscovered the destructive power of opiates.

There is no doubt that on countries such as the United States as well many European nations there is an ongoing epidemic of addiction to prescription painkillers, more than cocaine or heroine that had left nearly 2 million in it's claws, according to federal statistics. Medicine as it is, is a lucrative business and painkiller prescriptions have tripled in the past 20 years -  shows that the rising sales and addictions are just a mere catalyst due an effort of pharmaceutical companies to shape medical opinion and practices.

An example of an opioid.
But what are opioids.? They are a powerful kind of drugs used for pain, that include morphine, heroine and trademarked brand names such as OxyContin, Vicodin and Percocet; doctors in the past had been cautious about prescribing these drugs except for patients with cancer or in acute pain; but, as an industry that can be easily manipulated, drug manufacturers helped create a body of "scientific research" to push the expansion of the uses of opioids on people with chronic pain because their "studies" reported minimal risks and the FDA accepted their findings as well several medical journals; which there are safer alternatives to deal with the chronic pain instead of narcotizing the patients up to their spines.

The rules for prescriptions vary according to States medical boards where they can take a more "liberal" approach but the Washington Post examined that they of key of the scientific papers, court documents as well FDA records that many of the claims that opioids studies and the results  only represent a minimal risk where founded and supported by Purdue Pharma, the maker of OxyContin as well other manufacturers. The conclusions they reached were sometimes unsupported by the data and when the FDA was stuggling to come up with a policy for the distribution, prescription of opioids the organization founded itself surrounded by a panel of doctors who had financial relationships with Purdue and other drug-makers.

From 1996 to 2000, the company doubled its sales from 300% to 670% according to a 2003 report by the General Accounting Office where the sales bonuses of Purdue Pharma tied to OxyContin grew from US$1 million a year to US$40 million per year. As the numbers of overdoses and reports of addicts rose in the early 2008 putting the question on how the addicts become addicted to the opioids.? The answer could lay on the drug misuse on several cases because the emotion of euphoria associated with the opioids or the simple point of view of family history of addiction and genetic predisposition as well learned behaviors to mimic these patterns.

Other trials have reported that a significant number of patients are addicted just by going to the doctor, but also in one review of the Yale School of Medicine show that patients can engage into aberrant ways to take the pills. As any other business, drug companies as Purdue  use calculated and aggressive tactics to manipulate the prescribers perceptions about the risks of their products as well to position their product on the market executing that their purpose is mainly "educational" but the simple fact that the FDA allowed Purdue to say on its label: "the development of addiction to opioid analgesics in properly managed patients with pain has been reported to be rare." has been a joke to how much the organization really veils for the public health and not multinational interests. 

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