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Sunday, June 26, 2005

US approves first 'ethnic drug'

US drugs regulators have approved a heart failure drug specifically for treating black patients.

The Food and Drug Administration gave BiDil the go-ahead after tests found it cut by 43% deaths in heart patients who identified themselves as black.

The FDA says the drug is a step towards the promise of tailored medicine.

But critics say there are no biological differences between ethnic groups and the move is more about making money than helping patients.

This makes one wonder how feasible a race weapon is, and about the spate of deaths in Microbiologists With Link to Race-Based Weapon Turning Up Dead.

Well, it does if it's Sunday evening, you're sunburnt and think you ate an undercooked burger at a barbeque.


Anonymous moni said...

While it is true that African Americans are at a higher risk for stroke and heart attack which can lead to heart failure and vice-versa, I don't see a need to target the drugs towards them. It makes you wonder though, if a drug company can create a need for the drug based on race then there will definently be a demand for it. The fact remains that once a person is diagnosed with heart failure be they black or white it's still treated the same. Ha, the body plays tricks on you, its a wonder you didn't see pink elephants post being sun burned and eating an underdone burger. Put on some sunscreen, make sure your burgers are done, and lay the conspiracy theories aside for a while, it's summertime after all and the living is easy. :)

10:01 PM  
Blogger McFox said...

Heh! Nothing like a good conspiracy theory.

I actually think I just ate too much. :o

7:19 PM  

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