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i am a family physician who was diagnosed with
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this is a precursor to alzheimers disease
because of this diagnosis i have opted to stop practicing medicine
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Monday, July 11, 2011

thisll make u mad, hope for the future

if you or anyone you know have ever had gout you know how
bad it hurts
many people would take colchicine several times a day when the
gout attack would start and this would help shut down the attack
and help the pain

you would go to the pharmacy and as this medication has been
around for years and was generic you would pay about $0.04 a
so a days worth of colchicine would cost about $0.24 a day to
treat this acute gout flare up
i have written lots of prescriptions over the years for the colchicine
as it usually worked well in most patients
the biggest side effect was diarrhea if you took too much
diarrhea vs god awful pain is a tolerable side effect

so 21 companies use to make this stuff
so now this is where the consumer screwing by the fda, congress and
those bad guy drug companies come into the picture

so theres a rule or law that an old drug that has not been officially
tested and approved for its use by the fda can be given a exclusive
patent for a few years if its tested and approved

colchicine has been used for gout for 2500 years
its like patenting ginger for nausea

so here comes the screwing
the fda gave the pharmaceutical company url pharma  exclussive
rights for 3 years to make and sell colchicine under the brand
name of colcrys
for the price of $5 a pill
thats up to $30 a day for treatment  for an acute gout attack
3 10s vs a quarter

remember some biblical characters probably took this drug

all this cost was justified because of the expense of doing testing
on 180 people-yea sure
first it was the banking loan industry now its the big pharma
gouging us all again

so now congress is upset over this
excuse me
you passed the dam law in the first place
are you stupid or what

whats next aspirin

am always running across teenagers who are talented and provide
a lot of hope for the future

my wife she works at a local high school where your kids go
if they get into some trouble at school
some of those kids are real talented
they just have screwed up homes if they have one or screwed
up lives
she sees the best in all of them
and looks for it

she is always discovering a child who is talented in writing, art,
music,or singing and the school they came from has no idea how
talented the student is

thought of her and some of her students when i saw this video
my wife she has a video of one her students singing happy birthday
to her and it reminded me of this video
the girl from her school has a beautiful voice and you can just feel
her soulful feeling as she sings to my wife

this a video off youtube that has gone viral
wonder if this girl knows how good this is
she is the hope for the future
dont give up on a kid

the organicgreen doctor


  1. The FDA and drug companies hit my wife and I about the same way a couple of years ago. In all their wisdom the EPA said the propellant used in our rescue inhalers (used for asthma) was bad for the environment. So they changed the propellant and the copay went from $10 to $30.

  2. I understand big business and the need to make more and more money, but I do not understand how a person, with a soul, can justify making money on the backs of people who are suffering. Seems like we need to feel the pain one way or another and the FDA will make sure of that, in our bodies or in the wallet.