There are many weird and alarming things to read, but the HF's "Improving adherence in cardiovascular health" has a smell to it that I don't particularly like.
|stop taking your meds = you're fucked|
|i wonder what's for morning tea?|
Included in the "improving adherence" project is a series of case studies targeted at doctors and pharmacists and they had my sphincter muscles tightening and my eye brows moving in opposite directions. But maybe that's just me and my paranoia. I should probably be on meds for that.
A summary of the power point case studies can be found here. But don't stare too long or you may end up shitting bricks.
Basically, the presentations depict a scenario where a patient is prescribed some cholesterol lowering medication and eventually gets apprehensive about taking them - because he can't be bothered or can't see the point (I think).
|Mr AB is in serious shit|
|Mr AB is clearly an idiot and needs to be saved from himself|
|V is for victory. And also for Vytorin|
However, when it comes to cholesterol lowering drugs - which I'm not convinced provide any significant benefit to the average human - that someone has decided not to take them is hardly on the same scale. Life threatening to the patient? Unlikely. Life threatening to the general public? No.
Where I'm going with this is - at what lengths will law makers go to ensure the patient takes their prescribed medications? And how much power will the professionals be given to encroach on patients' privacy? It may require the patient's consent now, but it's hardly a stretch of the imagination to see that little rule being over-ridden in the future because "it's for our own good".
It worries me. There's only so much you can do to help people. If they don't want to help themselves or they have listened to your advice and think it is bullshit - that is their problem. I don't think there are any scenarios beyond serious psychological conditions that warrant forcing a person to 'adhere'.
Am I qualified medical professional? No.
Who am I exactly? An internet nobody. Ranting into the abyss of the internet relieves stress.
Do I think I'm smarter and know more than these professionals? No. Well, maybe on some things like football, but not generally, no.
Do I get a kick out of endangering people's lives by suggesting they don't take life saving medicine? You have missed my point.
What is my point? If someone wants to take cholesterol lowering drugs and knows the risks and supposed benefits, that is fine with me. What I'm worried about is that the dickheads making laws in this country will give health professionals the power to monitor medication 'adherence' and the slippery slope of privacy invasion leads to an involuntary stay in hospital until adherence is restored.
Anything else? Yes, glad you asked. The relationship between the Heart Foundation and the drug companies and their noble pursuit of saving lives - I don't like it.
Do I wear a tin foil hat and have a concrete bunker ready for the zombie apocalypse? None of your business. And no, there is no room in it for you.
Why do I like asking questions of myself and then answering them? 'Cause it's fun and allows me to feel pompous and self-important.
|A roundtable I approve of - a delicious magpie goose roundtable|