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tom sightings

Good list, but I find it hard to believe 100,000 Americans die of prescription drugs every year. Even if the number is correct, there must be other factors involved. Also, while I agree climate change is an important issue, we need to be careful not to attribute one storm to climate change. Doesn't work that way. Finally, I too am glad the Supreme Court upheld the ACA ... but we still have a long way to go on that one.

Regardless, pls. keep up your good consumer reporting!

Rita Robison

Hi Tom,

Yes, 100,000 or more people die each year from the affects of prescription drugs. I've been writing about this for years. It's difficult to know the exact number, but the study discussed above shows two to four million consumers suffered serious, disabling, or fatal injury associated with prescription drug therapy in 2011. The Philadelphia Inquirer said it would do another study for 2012. This is really good information for consumers.

I interviewed a pharmacist about the dangers of prescription drugs. He said doctors don't like to tell consumers about the side effects of these drugs, because they stop taking them. I think this is a big consumer issue.

On climate change, yes, you shouldn't determine that we have climate change because of one storm event. I'm noticing the effects of climate change everywhere. In the Seattle area where I live, we had a record number of days without rain this summer followed by record rains in the fall.

Thanks for your comment.

Rita

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