Middle-aged and older adults are increasingly using marijuana. As these groups tend to take more medications, marijuana-drug interactions are overlooked.
An review finds that the vast majority of new drugs offer no benefit over existing drugs, and in some instances, are worse for patients. Why is this?
A drug doesn’t need to be more effective than an existing one to win approval. This means patients don’t know if newer meds are better than older ones.
Many articles about health and medical developments tend to ignore the harms while discussing the benefits of health care interventions. That ends up giving the public a slanted and inaccurate understanding of them.
Pharmaceutical companies are using disease awareness ads to promote drugs. But the practice is harmful as it promotes overmedicalization of conditions.