Watching TV last night.
A commercial comes on for some new wonder drug “which may be right for you”.
The list of potential unwanted side effects of this drug was long and ended with, “… and in rare cases, death”.
Wow. A medication which even in rare cases could result in death… Must be a serious medical condition, right?
It’s a drug that helps you maintain clear skin.
Yep, it must really be better to look good than to feel good.
About ten minutes later, another commercial about prescription medications comes on, but this one is from a law firm.
“If you or someone you love was prescribed blood thinning medications Xcelroco or Prodaxa…”
Yep, big lawsuit.
Now bear in mind, all these medications were approved by the FDA.
How many of these drugs have been recalled over the years? How many serious side effects have these medications been traced to?
These medications come about because a pharmaceutical company gets a patent on a new drug. They then do clinical studies and present that information to the FDA, which in turns decides whether or not to approve said drug.
Which brings us to medicinal marijuana.
Although there is a lot of research out there about the efficacy of medical marijuana, the patent is not owned by a pharmaceutical corporation that can do clinical trials and submit those results to the FDA.
The legal status of marijuana actually inhibits clinical trials as does the fact that the patent on THC is actually owned by the United States Government.
That’s right. The same government that keeps marijuana listed as a Schedule 1 narcotic (no medical efficacy) also owns the patent on THC for it’s medical efficacy in treating cancer and brain trauma.
Hence, no clinical trials are possible.
Sounds like the fox is guarding the hen house.
Meanwhile, the FDA is approving drugs based on clinical studies they actually have no hand in administering, and many of these drugs are wreaking havoc on patients.
Contrast that with medicinal marijuana.
Zero cases of overdose.
Zero cases of death due to toxicity.
Zero dangerous side effects– unless you consider passing out in front of the TV following a Doritos binge dangerous.
One thing seems certain; We’re likely going to see many more of these lawsuit commercials regarding prescription drugs.
Fortunately, it’s highly unlikely we’ll ever see a wrongful death medicinal marijuana lawsuit.
Maybe if someone gets too high and chokes on a Dorito…