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Regs are the dregs

June 30, 2013

On June 10, the Federal Drug Administration dropped all regulations on the books requiring pharmaceutical companies to disclose the contents of prescription and over-the counter drugs....

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USABorn

Jun-30-13 3:56 AM

"On June 10, the Federal Drug Administration dropped all regulations on the books requiring pharmaceutical companies to disclose the contents of prescription and over-the counter drugs. In addition, the FDA will no longer require drug manufacturers to test their products to prove their effectiveness and safety before they are put on the market."

"Labels warnings of possible side-effects will also no longer be required. FDA's new marketing slogan will be: "From the drawing boards to the shelves."

This is horrible news! Late Tuesdsday I had a dr appt and was given a prescription which I had filled on Wed. By Thurs nite, I started with symptoms I didn't have before. Reading the list of side effects, I knew I was having a bad reaction to the med and stopped taking it immediately. My doctor concurred with me on Fri morning. And had I continued ith the prescription, could have died.

This is the second time in a year, the list of side effects has been extremely

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USABorn

Jun-30-13 4:45 AM

beneficial to me.

IF this news is true, it will eventually be a major worry to millions, and could cause the deaths of thousands each year.

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mikekerstetter

Jun-30-13 4:51 AM

Ummmmm, USA.... the contents of this letter are a lie. Apparently Tim thought it would prove his point about the fracking industry.

None of it is true, and Tim and the Editors at the SG ought to be ashamed of themselves for allowing this to be printed without the disclaimer that it's not true. Certainly you won't be the only person to believe what little Timmy wrote.

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CarlHiller

Jun-30-13 5:39 AM

Fascism at its finest. Corporate world ruling the government all in the name of profit. My father is fighting for his life right now because of a new drug that was never tested fully and was approved by the FDA and prescribed by a doctor, this is the second time a drug has nearly caused his demise in 3 years time, both were blood pressure medicines. The first nearly destroyed his kidney's, this one has lowered his blood pressure to the point that he cannot even stand up without his heart stopping. He never had high blood pressure till a doctor prescribed a cholesterol medication, which brought on high blood pressure, etc, etc etc. He now takes over 25 prescriptions per day. Some for his heart, some for his kidneys, some for depression, some to counteract the side effects of other drugs. The American public is now the guinea pig for the pharmaceutical industry, especially the elderly.

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CarlHiller

Jun-30-13 5:47 AM

Actually Mike, much about the FDA is true. The rest I'll reserve comment on, due to the fact that right now I have a vested interest in pharmaceuticals and the FDA.

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GysgtUSMC

Jun-30-13 5:50 AM

Wow this is gonna be another War of the Worlds. I agree Mike, the S-G should have put a disclaimer it the letter writer could have added a better conclusion so as to not cause fear to those that don't get his meaning. While it may seem obvious to some of us, it can easily be misconstrued.

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eriklatranyi

Jun-30-13 6:01 AM

Liberal tactic: Cause panic by lying.

The entire letter is lie, including the part that hydraulic fracturing is unregulated or the ingredients are unknown.

What would be the point of telling someone as stupid as Tim Mannello what is in frack fluid anyway?

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mikekerstetter

Jun-30-13 6:14 AM

Really Carl? Commissioner I. M. Trustworthy says that effective June 10th the ingredients and side effects will no longer be listed on prescription and over the counter medications? You believe that's TRUE?

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GysgtUSMC

Jun-30-13 6:54 AM

Carl our thoughts and prayers go out to your father and we wish him the best.

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JerryfromRI

Jun-30-13 7:11 AM

Great letter, it's like 1984, but with deregulation.

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USABorn

Jun-30-13 7:12 AM

Sorry, I should have read closer! I am still recuperating from the med I took that didn't agree with me. Feel rather foolish at the moment. Must be what a liberal feels like after commenting!

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MrShaman

Jun-30-13 7:23 AM

Seriously?

I. M. Trustworthy???????

How do you expect to be taken, seriously, thru such a sophomoric-tactic?

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CMReeder

Jun-30-13 7:36 AM

Very good satirical letter about deregulation of the federal government. The name I.M.Trustworthy was a dead give away.

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GysgtUSMC

Jun-30-13 7:38 AM

Mr. Shaman, I agree, I guess he was trying to be cute but it just makes those that are serious about this issue look bad.

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spike2

Jun-30-13 7:47 AM

This is not on all drugs. Statins (cholesterol drugs) will have the liver damage warning removed in side effects. Carl - hope your father makes a full recovery. I agree that testing of statins is insufficient. I do agree in this instance that the "Corporate world ruling the government all in the name of profit". Why is everyone suddenly on cholesterol meds? Does anyone else question the need for a medication when many your friends, family and co-workers are also receiving the same class of drug? There is something very wrong when commercials on media tell us to ask our Dr.'s for meds?

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mikekerstetter

Jun-30-13 7:50 AM

Carl, I wish your father well. But really? 25 different medications per day? I don't care how much testing a pharmaceutical company or FDA does on it's drugs there is no way they can predict how their medication will react with 24 other medications.

Just curious, how many different Dr's does your father see to get all those different medications? If it's just one, I'd say it's time for a new Dr.

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gavinf56

Jun-30-13 7:59 AM

I. M. Trustworthy is also the business man in the 3 Stooges skits, and this letter closely resembles those skits.

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nobud74

Jun-30-13 8:10 AM

I agree Mike. 25 meds is over the top. The problem with our better living through pharmaceuticals model is that there are always side effects to everything we ingest. So, the doc gives you another to counter the other and pretty soon you are a walking pharmacy. Seek out a doc that tries other measures instead of just writing scripts. (Dr. Ciccarelli is awesome about that and specializes in elder patients--he was the doc for a family member who I took there for appointments.) But, let's get to the real reason most docs prescribe too much--could it be they are overworked, are sued too much and have been bombarded by requests from patients for this or that drug? Why do you think they advertise all of it all over the place?

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DavidBross

Jun-30-13 8:28 AM

I was also fooled by the first paragraph. Then I saw I.M. Trustworthy and realized it was satire. I think Tim did a good job. Satire is a difficult style to use and Tim has tried it before. This is his best effort, in my opinion.

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GysgtUSMC

Jun-30-13 10:10 AM

Hey does anyone know of a good place in town that has a Sunday brunch buffet?

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ToTEXASfromPA

Jun-30-13 2:11 PM

There are various state and federal agencies that utilize a range of different industry specifications, standards, codes, laws and self-developed rules to regulate the oil and gas industry.

Off the top of my head, some of those agencies are: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Occupational Safety Health Administration (OSHA), Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC), Army Corps of Engineers (ACOE), US Coast Guard (USCG), Department of Transportation (DOT), Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Mineral Management Service (MMS), Department of Energy (DOE), Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), and Security and Exchange Commission (SEC).

It is not as if the O&G industry is self-regulated. Might I add that it is probably a competitive advantage for the O&G companies that can navigate these mine fields of regulations and permits.

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CHayes

Jun-30-13 2:24 PM

" There are various state and federal agencies that utilize a range of different industry specifications, standards, codes, laws and self-developed rules to regulate the oil and gas industry."

You mean like the Clean Water Act? That must be a tough one to get around, as fracking involves pumping millions of gallons of water, and a secret laundry list of chemicals at extremely high pressure into the ground that contains the water that we as a species require to survive?

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Alsever

Jun-30-13 4:48 PM

How about regulating the junk sold in Health Food stores? Ever read the content of Heavy metals in their unregulated poisons?

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rmiller

Jun-30-13 5:28 PM

Remember the song, "Looking For Love In All The Wrong Places," well....

The present admin. is putting regs in all the wrong places.

How about this? Before one can become a president of this country they at least should be competent enough that no teleprompter is needed to assist in communicating effectively?)

How about persons submitting a welfare application, also submitting to an immediate drug test followed by random (not routine) drug testing while receiving aid from the govt?

This STR is suggesting arbitrary removal of regulations that protect us (which is what govt. is suggesting) and proposing more regulations on companies that produce something.

I'm surmising that most persons do not want the govt. to not oversee areas of protective services (I think that's part of their function, correct? Have we lowered the requirements on a civil service test to that of a first grader? I don't even think that politicians are required to pass a civil service test.

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rmiller

Jun-30-13 5:29 PM

STR, should be LTR...duhh..

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