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Monday, September 8, 2014

RIPPEMOFF, SUKMDRY and BUBBA - a cranky re-run


RIPPEMOFF, SUKMDRY and BUBBA

This week's Cranky re-run is from September 2011

 

Law firms advertise on TV to drum up business.  Lately I have been seeing ads that are looking for people that have been injured from prescription drugs.   Almost any drug taken incorrectly or in conjunction with another drug can be harmful.  Almost all drugs can have negative effects on different people and need to be monitored.  Some drugs just have not been properly tested and even though FDA approved the drug, companies should probably absorb some liability.

Apparently law firms also have some liability.  If they advertize that a specific drug might be harmful, and a patient stops taking the medicine which could be saving his life, the law firm may be held liable.

This is why the latest law firm commercial I heard contains a disclaimer:

“If you take Factrose for diabetes even for a short time, you could get kidney cancer.  If you took factrose and suffer kidney cancer or any other illness, contact Rippemoff, Sukmdry and Bubba.  You may be eligible for large monetary compensation.  Do not stop taking Factrose without first speaking to your doctor.”

So…..this drug is dangerous even if taken for a short period of time…..so…. we may be able to sue the drug company, your doctor, or both…..but check with your doctor first.  Yes, we here at Rippemoff, Sukmdry and Bubba are warning you not to take this drug, unless it works, then we do not want to be liable for warning you about it being dangerous.

Wha wha WHAT?  I should check with the doctor who may be prescribing a dangerous drug?

“Excuse me Doc, but my lawyer says Factrose may cause kidney cancer.  Should I still take it?” 

What is your doctor going to say?
 
“Heck no!  Stop taking it and when you go into a diabetic coma ask your freaking lawyer to prescribe something!”
The drug companies warn you of multiple reactions from cancer to suicide to acne if you take their drug which may save your life.

“If you are suffering from diabetes, ask your doctor about Factrose to control your blood sugar.  In a small percentage of patients Factrose may cause acne, boils, thoughts of suicide or death.  If you suffer from acne, boils, or thoughts of suicide call your doctor.  If you die while taking Factrose, have someone call the mortuary.  


The lawyers are ready to sue anyone if the drug so much as gives you the sniffles but they also tell you to check with the same doctor who is prescribing the dangerous drug before you stop taking it.  Everyone is trying to cover their butt to avoid all liability.
One of the things wrong with our healthcare system is that decisions for treatment are made with lawyers circling overhead.  Potential liability, valid or not, sometimes trumps the best treatment, and disclaimers scare the BeJesus out of patients. 

If there is such a thing as psychosomatic illness, between the drug company disclaimers and lawyer’s advertisements, today’s patients do not stand a chance.     

16 comments:

  1. Sometimes everyone is so scared if liability that the patient suffers greatly...

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  2. all controlled by money, either way.

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  3. It's the way of things anymore. Lawyers can and do screw up a free lunch. Often too.

    Have a fabulous day. :)

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    1. Caution:
      The free lunch can lead to obesity, which, in turn, can lead to death.

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  4. A reality post although I'm not a good one to comment on this because I don't do western medicine or visit allopathic doctors. (Although I think surgeons are worth their weiht in gold in acute medicine). I still do the same old herbs and poultices that we did pre WW2. Strange as it may sound, I started out life as a nurse, too. Ha
    People seem to sue over anything and I'm often hearing of someone winning on these oddball cases so who can figure.

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  5. The lawyers have their paws in every pie they can reach. It has always been so. But now they can advertise it.

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  6. The disclaimers that drug companies are required to put in their ads could scare anyone from taking anything!!

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  7. I shake my head when I hear about the side effects of some of these medications. One medicine for depression claimed a potential for an uncontrollable oily anal discharge. I think I'd rather be depressed!l

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  8. I was going to screech about that oily gas side effect also but Stephen beat me to it. And how many drugs today offer thoughts of suicide as a side effect? So far I am on nothing and hope to stay that way. I feel both the drug companies and the lawyers are a racket.

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  9. I'm a loyal customer of the law firm founded by Richard Nixon, Bill Clinton, and Teddy Kennedy: Trickem, Dickem, and Dunkem. They are currently representing me in a suit against EVERY DRUG MAKER IN THE WORLD due to my chronic suffering from simultaneous diarrhea and constipation. But if that suit should fail, I'll give your guys a call.

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    1. I think I suffer from that as well.

      Remember the The Three Stooges "Dewey Cheetem and Howe"

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  10. Well, I'm sure there are plenty of new drugs just waiting to be prescribed to control the side effects.

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  11. You are right, everyone is looking to cover their own behinds these days. I know doctors test for everything and anything with symptoms to avoid a potential lawsuit. All procedures and all meds come with risks. People have to evaluate their options and make the best choice for them and maybe stop watching so much TV.

    betty

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  12. LOVE your title!
    It's my opinion that there are far too many people willing to sue anybody for anything instead of taking some responsibility for themselves.

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  13. Love this post, it is a problem that people should take notice of, some lawyers are just scum and some not.
    I always tell people to talk pharmacist before mixing drugs together, they are the people that know what to mix and what not to mix together, thank-you for a great post.

    Catherine

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