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Wednesday, July 1st, 2009   11:33 am | Author: SJB | Health/Medical |
Percocet has been on the market since 1976 and Vicodin has been on sale in the US since 1984. These are two of the most popular painkillers in the world.
Both contain a drug called acetaminophen which is also found in Tylenol. In 2005 there were sales of 28 billion doses of medication with this drug in the United States.
Now an advisory panel has recommended banning both Percocet and Vicodin because medications with acetaminophen have been shown to cause liver damage.
Where has the FDA been all these years? this is an agency that is supposed to protect us. Most doctors have no problem prescribing these medications and prescribed Vicoden 100 million times each year.
Is this another case of lobbying that has kept these medications on the market far too long? what about much stricter laws to govern pharmaceuticals pushing medications to doctors? every time I visit my doctor some pharma rep is there unloading a truckload of medications for free.