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July 01, 2005
Seattle Times: Many new drugs have strong dose of media hype
Filed in: Current Affairs, Science

Been worried about a blood clot forming in your legs when you fly? Under 30? Under 40? Under 50? Even the World Health Organization (WHO) says not to worry.

But Aventis doesn't want you to think so:

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That's the ad they sent to doctors in 2003. She look over 60 to you?

So goes another 'manufactured' disease - deep vein thrombosis - a real condition, but one that doesn't occur in young people:

"From the ad, you might conclude that the disease affects women in their 30s," said Welch, editor of Effective Clinical Practice magazine. "In fact, it's a disease of people over 60" recovering from surgery, injury or immobilizing illness.

This is another multi-billion dollar business built on one drug: Lovenox, from one company, Aventis.

Another good read in the next to last in this hard hitting series from the Seattle Times.



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I hate to sound like I'm defending those pirates at the drug companies (because I'm not), but didnt David Bloom, a embedded reporter for NBC during the charge to Baghdad, die of DVT in Iraq at age 40 ? That guy was fairly young and sure wasnt laid up... but I would venture to guess he's not a typical victim of DVT... and the chick with the great gams probably isnt either..

EMCEE: Hi Jake! That's a good point - and good memory on your part. It does seem that Bloom's pulmonary embolism was caused by DVT. Perhaps he had been riding in that armored vehicle for several days on end without sleep and completely immobile? Certainly something physically more rigorous than a long plane flight. What the Times is really going after is the prescription shoot up targeted at young air travelers:
"Deep vein thrombosis has become a hazard of air travel — especially for those seated in the coach cabin, where there is minimal leg room; it has been nicknamed 'Economy Class' syndrome," Aventis' Web site said.

No matter that over the past decade, by best accounts, only four or five people on average, out of the 600 million annual passengers, have been shown to have died from blood clots caused by air travel.

The side effects of the anticoagulant are vastly more risky than that sort of 'strike-by-lightning' factor.


Posted by: Jake H. at Jul 2, 2005 7:24:29 AM

Oh, I agree... The drug companies would love to market every medicine to everybody.. Especially antidepressants.. And the HMOs go right along with that idea because its far cheaper than using 100 therapy sessions to treat the root cause of the depression or anxiety or phobia. And I dont trust them to be above making up new conditions to fit their profit projections. Adult ADD ? Hmmmm

Hahahaha I have a friend that will drive on the freeway once in a while. When she does, she gets nervous. Not a panic attack, just nervous. (probably because she rarely drives on the freeway). When she mentioned it to her doctor during a routine visit, he put her on daily Wellbutrin. So for 15 minutes of freeway time a month, she takes 300 mg of Bupropion a day.. There's HMO logic.

So Air Travelers are getting targeted for DVT meds... I'm surprised theyre not targeting office workers...we officeworkers sit on our asses for long periods of time.. oops.. I guess I shouldnt be giving them ideas.. at least not until they hire me as a consultant..

Posted by: Jake H. at Jul 2, 2005 4:10:00 PM

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