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A World Of Hurt
William Safire, The New York Times, 12-27-04

Safire warns us that “people seeking relief [from pain] have been afflicted by the overreaction to reports that several new pain alleviators, taken in large doses by especially vulnerable patients, may increase the risk of heart problems.”

Leading the charge are trial lawyers trying to sign up tens of thousands of potential clients for lucrative lawsuits, “publicity famished politicians”, and “editorialists [inveighing] against the pharmaceutical industry for putting profits before safety.”

Safire recommends that instead of “terrorizing the FDA into a cover-your-posterior paralysis,” we should “beef up its staff and expand the role of independent review panels to initiate as well as speedily review trials.” Hopefully, we have not gone so far as to be beyond his eminent advice.



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