Misworded Mondays: Postmarketing

Definition: Used in pharmacology industries, it is the practice of monitoring a pharmeceutical drug or device after it has been released on the market.
Usage:Postmarketing side effects may include dizziness, altitude sickness, vomiting blood, lupus, or even death.”
Reality: This is just another way for the massively profitable drug companies to say, “Whoa, whoa, whoa, our bad, we didn’t know your liver would fail. Dang. Sorry about that.” This phrase comes about supposedly because clinical trials can only be so thorough. While there is some truth to that, lets be honest and say that if a company stands to make millions of dollars upon the release of a drug is there any way in hell they’re going to be thorough enough in testing to a) find all the side effects and b) not release the drug if they do? Of course they won’t. This is the reason that about the only drug I’ll take these days is aspirin and everything else I’ll only take if I’m near death. I simply don’t trust these companies and I seriously don’t trust any drug that has been approved during the Bush Regime. They would approve any drug or company merger if it was going to be a profitable one.
Listen for this on drug commercials though. You will hear it great deal these days. They use it to soften the blow of all the real problems from a drug to make it seem like these “postmarketing” effects really aren’t going to get you. On that note, why the hell do we even have drug commercials in this country? By and larger, we’re not doctors. There is no medical reason for us to know about any of these drugs. Oh yeah, that’s right, it’s cheaper to sell us on them because we’re medically ignorant as opposed to doctors who they really have to convince of their benefits versus the side effects.
Misworded Mondays: Postmarketing