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Are You at Risk From Vaccine and Fibromyalgia Advertising?

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"Traditionally, fibromyalgia falls under the scope of rheumatologists. But today, primary care doctors, podiatrists, osteopaths, psychiatrists, neurologists -- plus nurse practitioners -- are overseeing long-term fibromyalgia treatment," exults an article on WebMD.

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And sure enough, Pfizer ads on WLS-AM radio in Chicago exhort women to see their "nurse practitioner" for fibromyalgia because a visit "only takes five minutes." As if time, not money or health, were the only issue.

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Sure, private insurance and government entitlement programs may cover the $100 plus a month cost for Cymbalta, Savella and Lyrica now that they are approved for fibromyalgia, raised insurance rates and squandered taxes notwithstanding.

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But should doctors prescribe people with simple pain, seizure drugs like Lyrica and antidepressants like Cymbalta, Savella which are linked to life threatening side effects including the risk of suicide?

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Martha Rosenberg is an award-winning investigative public health reporter who covers the food, drug and gun industries. Her first book, Born With A Junk Food Deficiency: How Flaks, Quacks and Hacks Pimp The Public Health, is distributed by Random (more...)
 

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