Editorial: January 2007

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Car buyers used to be advised that it would be prudent to wait at least a year after a new model was introduced before making a purchase. That way, the manufacturer had a chance to detect and correct unexpected flaws.... (Read More)
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Quinine is one of the oldest drugs in the pharmacy. Even before the Spanish discovered the New World, native healers in Peru were using the bark of the cinchona tree to treat fever, malaria and indigestion. An Augustinian monk wrote... (Read More)
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Imagine going out to eat at a nice restaurant, getting an impressive menu, but not finding prices for anything. Most people would find such a situation disorienting. They would hesitate to order a meal at a restaurant that won’t tell... (Read More)
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When the FDA switched the prescription pain reliever Motrin (ibuprofen) to over-the-counter status in 1984, a lot of physicians were unhappy. They feared that this powerful NSAID (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug) might cause serious harm without medical supervision. Many doctors opposed... (Read More)
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Can antidepressants really drive some people to commit suicide? That is a question the FDA has had to wrestle with for nearly two decades. For most of that time the agency has insisted that SSRI-type antidepressants such as Prozac or... (Read More)