I Have It, But It Doesn't Have Me!

When I stopped over at my parent's house last weekend, my extremely literate family handed me the front page of the Wall Street Journal. On the front page was an article talking about how the Epilepsy Foundation, with support from big drug companies, is making laws about doctor control over prescribing brand name drugs.

Now, I read The Truth about Drug Companies, and I know for a fact that generics are the same chemically as brand name counterparts. The only difference is the amount of advertising and various donations and gifts (i.e. bribes) that Big Pharma churns out every year.

Now since my last seizures, in May, I decided I should finally accept my condition, so as to get over it. I signed up for an account on the Epilepsy Foundation and found a group on Facebook that provide support. It's helped me realize I have it pretty good, all things considered. I even picked up Epileptic by David B., a graphic novel (i.e. comic book) that conveys epilepsy in a way no one has before or since. The images of epilepsy as a ghost and a series of mountains to climb both resonate with me.

I even found a blog entitled Cookie Wonton, through it's sending of visitors to my site, written by a mom talking about raising two kids with epilepsy. It's an interesting perspective and has a fresh tone, I'm lucky to have found it.

The WSJ article struck a nerve though. Personally, I feel like neurologists should be able to prescribe whatever. No one should be able to alter it. So I like the move. My doctor was clearly irritated by the quick swap Walgreen's made, switching me to a generic. But he acknowledged, like the doctors in the article, that essentially, chemically, there is no difference in the drugs. It's an interesting topic, and I'm sorry if I'm boring anyone about this, but when something is like a monkey on your back you can't help but try to rationalize it.

Read my post at the Foundation here and my post on the Facebook group here.


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Karl Scharf said...

Okay, but according to the WSJ article, the Epilepsy Foundation supports laws that prevent pharmacists from prescribing the generics (unless specifically ordered by the doctor).

Hey, I though you read that book a long time ago.

Drew said...

haha karl sharf.. i think he's on facebook, i'm pretty sure i saw him on there. but seriously, the problem is that doctors are so romanced by drug companies and pressured by litigation that of course they'll prescribe the brand name. they have no incentive not to.

then health care costs rise, to meet the prices of the drugs. because, for instance, my insurance has paid thousands, maybe tens of thousands, in prescription costs. is that good or bad? really, i think it just comes down to insurance companies vs. drug companies, and drug companies have the upper hand right now.

yeah, i read that book a long time ago, i just gave it another shout out though.