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Quickies: FDA Fails and the Cost of Measles Outbreaks

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Amanda

Amanda is a science grad student in Boston whose favorite pastimes are having friendly debates and running amok.

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  1. Yeah, the FDA issue is ridiculous, and it doesn’t even include the problem of alt med and supplements, which people assume must work if they’ve hit the shelves. The FDA only cares that it doesn’t kill you, and even then it seems that they wait until a disaster strikes (a la Zicam, the “homeopathic” treatment that took away people’s sense of smell) to pull a product.

    1. Rebecca Watson,

      Effectiveness is something that really should be something the FDA has to consider before approving a drug, in addition to the harmful side effects. Taking “homeopathic” “medicine” instead of the real deal, could still be fatal, because instead of taking a drug that is actually effective, you’ll be you’ll take something that won’t have any effect at all, aside from the placebo effect. I wonder how many people have died from shunning real medicine because they actually thought homeopathy would work better.

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