Introduction For the past two decades in Canada, patient groups funded by pharmaceutical companies have dominated public conversations about the effectiveness and safety of prescription drugs. These groups receive unrestricted […]
Adverse drug reactions (ADRs) are an important part of the process of determining the safety of drugs and treatments. Reports of ADRs by consumers has become a significant portion of the total yet only 1-5% of ADRs are ever reported. The consumer has the biggest stake in ensuring that ADRs are documented and that pharmaceutical manufacturers are held accountable for their mistakes.
The overdiagnosis of diseases like cancer provides no life-saving benefit yet can greatly decrease the patients’ quality of life because of the side effects of the treatments and unjustified fear of a disease that does not threaten their lives.
Doctors accept information from Big Pharma at face value and ask patients to trust in the statistics they use to determine levels of risk for bone densit. However, they can fail to either appreciate a patient’s own research or their discomfort with the “facts” the doctor is using to inform that patient. Sara Denton shares her own experience.