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Bedford Ramblings
Steve Mills

Opioid manufacturers could be sued out of existence. Good for them, right?

Posted Tuesday, October 22, 2019, at 10:24 AM
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  • I can't remember seeing an opioid ad on TV. Has anyone seen them? If so, can you remember how long ago?

    While trying to diagnose my chronic pain, they at one time labelled me with the diagnosis du jour that called for antidepressants. Except, I am allergic to antidepressants and they made me almost suicidal before I stopped them on my own.

    It is known that this medicine can cause suicidal thoughts and in fact my doctor told me that was normal and should continue for two more weeks. WHAT? Would the doctor, pharmacy and lab that made them be responsible if I had committed suicide?

    Probably not, nor should they since I was warned. I took it upon myself to say no more of this drug. On the occasion that I have been given opioids (kidney stones, after surgery, etc.) I was warned they were addictive. Luckily, I do not have a predisposition to becoming addicted to them but I do have an addiction to M&M peanuts.

    Junk food, sodas, candy have all contributed to major obesity and I AM guilty of that, so do I have a case against M&M, MacDonald's, restaurants that put waaay too much on my plate? Does taking responsibility for myself come into this anywhere?

    -- Posted by stevemills on Tue, Oct 22, 2019, at 10:21 AM
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    No, Steve, it doesn't. In this day and age no one is responsible for anything that affects them. You are only responsible for other people's poor choices. That's just how it works nowadays. You might want to stock up on the whiskey. For pain control, of course.

    -- Posted by fair share on Tue, Oct 22, 2019, at 11:51 AM
  • The Harrison Narcotics Tax Act fully regulated opiates in 1915. Since then it's been illegal to manufacture, import, transport, possess, buy, sell, transfer, or consume opiates without a government license or permission (prescription).

    Yet somehow it's the manufacturer's fault for following the law?

    There might be a lesson on gun control in the above as well.

    -- Posted by quietmike on Wed, Oct 23, 2019, at 7:31 AM
  • That must be why they are going after the promotion of this with doctors. Are they supposed to make a product and then never tell anyone about it?

    Maybe the government agencies should be sued for not doing their job in regulating it? Hmmmm?

    -- Posted by stevemills on Wed, Oct 23, 2019, at 10:26 AM
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    I think the other side learned this lesson a good while back and hope (pray?) that the A2 supporters and freedom lovers haven't.

    It is a shame that the government gave itself immunity from lawsuits. But they have done their job - sticking their nose in where it isn't needed. As usual, they caused a problem, eventually/suddenly realized the problem was getting worse, developed tunnel vision, and fixated on one part of a multi-faceted problem. They may eventually slow the opioid problem but it will be by displacing the underlying problem onto something else.

    -- Posted by fair share on Wed, Oct 23, 2019, at 10:45 AM
  • Supply and demand......Why would the manufacturers spend money on advertising when it is obvious they don't have to ?

    -- Posted by Palindrome on Wed, Oct 23, 2019, at 1:17 PM
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    Branding. The generics and local black market pharmochemists don't waste money on it. Word of mouth is fine for them.

    -- Posted by fair share on Wed, Oct 23, 2019, at 2:13 PM
  • Just like with health insurance, government will use their failure at one level as a justification for even more control.

    -- Posted by quietmike on Thu, Oct 24, 2019, at 9:21 AM
  • The Insurance Industry Exerts Many Times More Control And Influence Over Healthcare Than The Government Does.....That's Why We Are In This Inflated Mess....The Payor Has Made The Patient, The Physician And The Entire Medical Community ( Bye Bye Hospitals ) Much Less Important Than The Profit.....Insurance Companies Controling Politicians Through The Use Of Lobbyists Have Made Affordable Care Impossible In The United States.....Thanks Mitch......

    -- Posted by Palindrome on Sat, Oct 26, 2019, at 7:57 PM
  • Our BCBS is now used for BIG issues only which is probably what they want. We are better off using the discount RX programs.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Sun, Oct 27, 2019, at 7:48 AM
  • Insurance is voluntary, if you don't like your plan, you're free to take your business elsewhere.

    If you don't buy government's "product", in a very short time, folks with guns will show up to show you the error of your ways.

    It's worth noting that the prices of non-covered elective procedures haven't risen as much as covered ones.

    Same with private schools vs publicly funded ones.

    -- Posted by quietmike on Sun, Oct 27, 2019, at 8:02 AM
  • Steve,

    BCBS of Tennessee is a nonprofit. It would be interesting to compare their reimbursement with for profit insurance companies. You are not on medicare because your wife is still much too young ? Hi Deb......

    -- Posted by Palindrome on Sun, Oct 27, 2019, at 12:21 PM
  • That would be interesting, but their experts, who they consider better than my doctors who has physically seen me)harassed me with paperwork, lost paperwork, not the right form, etc. that I finally said to 7734 with it and went Kroger RX.

    I have Medicare but you are right, I have to keep BCBS because Deb would not be covered. (She says hi back)

    -- Posted by stevemills on Sun, Oct 27, 2019, at 1:19 PM
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