I should be studying and going home, but these two articles are so on target: Dr. Crippen’s recent critique of new blood pressure medicines and guidelines, and a paper discussing how Pfizer is marketing Viagra to younger and younger age groups, and redefining what constitutes a need for it. (Not counting the spammers who try to market it to women.)

I support the right of drug companies to charge what the market will bear for new drugs that are the result of expensive research; but this is something different. I especially despise the MDs who are shilling for these folks by writing twisted studies to sell unnecessary medicines, and the big-name journals which publish them without full disclosure, and the big national standard-writing associations which accept these studies, and then give out authoritative protocols to the effect that more than half of the US population urgently needs to be on some [expensive] [new] medicine.

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