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There\'s no such thing as a harmless drug
IFPMA Press Review 8/29/2005 There's no such thing as a harmless drug The Financial Times   FT, 8/29/2005 - Farewell to Vioxx, then. Or should it be au revoir? Let's be brutally honest: all drugs worth the prescription they're written on have side effects. My favourite, paracetamol, ...
IFPMA Press Review 8/29/2005

There's no such thing as a harmless drug
 
The Financial Times
 
FT, 8/29/2005 - Farewell to Vioxx, then. Or should it be au revoir?

Let's be brutally honest: all drugs worth the prescription they're written on have side effects. My favourite, paracetamol, is brilliant because it is cheap, effective for pain and fever, and well tolerated by young and old alike. Brilliant - except that a small overdose can be toxic, potentially fatal. But that doesn't stop me recommending it as an excellent all-rounder to babies, nonagenarians or most others in between. Aspirin, a store-cupboard favourite and pennies to produce, is a fabulous anti-inflammatory, with incredible abilities to reduce damage from heart attack, prevent stroke and keep arteries flowing. Pity, then, that aspirin can cause - even with preventative stomach medication - ulcers that could bleed so torrentially that they may be life-threatening. Should we therefore throw aspirin away? Of course not.

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