Tuesday, July 31, 2007

May I Suggest Stoning Them?

I mean, they obviously are bad people and simply can not be helped. We've tried and they failed. We should cut our losses before they cause any more damage to our society.

Right?

{shakin'head}
Anti-Pregnancy Effort Fails

More than 120 women became pregnant in the past year while taking an acne medicine that causes birth defects -- despite being enrolled in a program designed to prevent those pregnancies from happening.

Long-awaited data from that national registry were released yesterday, two days before the Food and Drug Administration was to bring together its scientific advisers to evaluate safety restrictions on Accutane and its generic competitors.

The new figures show the 122 pregnancies reported in the first year of the iPledge program are about the same as the number reported annually before the FDA tightened restrictions on the drug, known chemically as isotretinoin.

Whether the tougher program is working is a question for Wednesday's advisory committee debate.

If a woman becomes pregnant while taking the acne drug, the baby can suffer severe brain and heart defects, mental retardation and other abnormalities.
[The Devil Made Them Do It]

We can put a man on the Moon (or we could at one point, anyway) but we can't make people see that emotional needs and biological imperatives will trump ridiculously archaic cultural proscriptions far too often for such to have any weight in the making of Public Health Policy.

Silly effin' Humans...

20 comments:

  1. Silly humans, indeed. What kinda sense do you have to have to take the moral stand and remove the medicine from the market? Whatever happened to, "do no harm?"

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  2. Wow, Grandpa, tell us about the old days when we could put humans on the moon!

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  3. I hear ya, Fred. Honestly though, my thoughts have far less to do with the medication itself, - life-saving drugs in one scenario are deadly in another - than with the outrageously primitive and untenable manner this "program" has attempted to deal with managing the risks.

    Abstinence is just about the Last Birth Control option for physiologically healthy young adults. It's difficult enough getting people to use Condoms! How in the world can the faith-heads running these programs think ... Oh. That's right. They have Faith. They don't need to think.

    {shakin'head}

    Sex is Good. It's Fun. It's Healthy. It is also Compelling when in the "heat of the moment". When people accept that, only then can they be able to deal with the moral issue of being responsible for one's own behaviors.

    Just saying "don't do it" is as immoral as it gets.

    But then, faith and irony do seem to go hand in hand most of the time.

    Grandpa?! lol!

    Well, listen up, young'un. When I was a boy... there was a Real War going on. The Cold War. Our current "War on Terror" is about as fundamentally flawed as any religious war ever fought, because it's about So Much More than its cheerleaders will admit in Public.

    No go to your room!

    {-; Nahhh... You can go out and play. Life's way too short, eh.

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  4. We can put a man on the Moon (or we could at one point, anyway) but we can't make people see that emotional needs and biological imperatives will trump ridiculously archaic cultural proscriptions far too often for such to have any weight in the making of Public Health Policy. ------ not only that, you can't stop people from fucking, either.

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  5. With a "program" like that, it's easy to see why people just changed the channel.

    ...and another Happy Fun Ball drug nightmare story too. grrrr.

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  6. So, did their acne clear up?

    Just think - the same people who provided this nifty little program also ban abortions no matter what.

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  7. I need a prescription for when I read about stuff like this program and my head a-splodes.

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  8. First, Fred, If I was totally missing sarcasm, apologies!

    QP, eXXXcellent point!

    They never stop coming from this Admin, do they Blueberry... Grrrr is right.

    Dang it, Mary. Now I'm curious. lol! (But seriously!)

    Kevin, you suggestin' I should be offerin' relaxing beverages of some sort if I'm to post stuff like this? Hmmm... Not a bad idea, that.

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  9. I was on Accutane in my early 20s. I had to go for blood tests every two weeks. I was constantly warned about becoming pregnant.

    The idea of being on such powerful medication totally freaked me out. It was very stressful. I had a dream one night that I became pregnant without even having sex.

    I stopped taking the medication.

    I chose acne!

    :)

    Seriously, Accutane is one wicked drug.

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  10. I had to go for blood tests every two weeks.

    {shudder} lol!

    You're Gorgeous and AND smart enough to know what's really best for you so I'm not surprised you dumped it. Excellent combination, BG!

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    Nava, no way! Who knew? (I love that song! lol!)

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  11. Well, thanks, MB. That drug was just too much responsibility for me.

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  12. MB, shudder is right about those blood tests.

    :)

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  13. lol! I hear ya.

    I hate needles, too! Whenever I've to give blood for tests, I'm sure to let the vampire know that I have a tendency to passing out. The last one actually asked me Not To Do That. LOL! Like I have a choice? Is why I still have never donated any at a Red Cross drive. Believe me when I say that the dreams I wake from coming back to are some of the most terrifying I've ever had.

    Weird. Very.

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  14. So they take the accutane to get rid of the acne that is making them "ugly" and preventing them from having sex in order so that they can attract someone with whom to have sex except they shouldn't have sex because they might get pregnant which is what happens if you have sex, which you shouldn't have because you're on accutane to get rid of the acne that is making you "ugly" and preventing you from having sex...

    My Circular Logic Circuit has kicked in.

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  15. uhg! Thanks Sewmouse. My headache had gone away...

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  16. emotional needs and biological imperatives will trump ridiculously archaic cultural proscriptions

    Otherwise know as the: 'Hormones are a bitch principle'.

    Or put differently: The Devil finds work for idle glands.

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  17. Don't worry, sometimes I don't even understand my own sarcasm...

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  18. el Diablo's been bangin' on me for a little side-work lately. The more I hold 'im off, the easier it gets. To some extent.

    If I just didn't hate workin' out so much it'd be a Lot easier though!

    Dig it, F! I just "trust" Big Pharma to push shit that's a money maker regardless of the efficacy of the junk. With that in mind, your comment actually made more than a little sense at face value.

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  19. Well, there's a simple solution here: people with acne should not be allowed to have sex. That should also solve the teenage pregnancy problem overnight.

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