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Morning Blues? Try Nuvigil Not McDonald's!

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It's hard to tell the difference between the new radio ads for the McDonald's breakfast menu and the "wakefulness" drug Nuvigil because they both begin with the sound of someone snoring and alarm clocks.

But whereas McDonald's helps the morning lethargy with economy priced breakfast items, Nuvigil helps it with a drug that can cause "a serious rash or a serious allergic reaction that may result in hospitalization or be life-threatening," also known as Stevens Johnson syndrome. SJS patients are treated on burn units if they are lucky enough to survive.

You can thank pharma lobbying for the approval of a drug (armodafinil) that causes SJS as an "important treatment option" for conditions that may not even exist like "excessive sleepiness" (ES) and "shift work sleep disorder" (SWSD). You can also thank pharma lobbying for the watered down warning which says, "may result in hospitalization or be life-threatening," instead of "may result in hospitalization or death," the way it was probably originally written.

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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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