Friday, July 15, 2005

The Fine Print

You know how on all of the pharmaceutical ads nowadays they list so many contraindications that you wonder why anyone would take the drug (in one, and I can't recall at the moment which drug it is but they actually make it sound as though a reduced level of sexual side effects is a good thing)? Well, how about this for a side-effect:
Researchers have identified a strange side effect to a treatment for Parkinson's disease: excessive gambling. Some patients taking medications known as dopamine agonists developed the problem within three months of starting treatment, even though they had previously gambled only occasionally or never at all. "This is a striking effect," remarks J. Eric Ahlskog of the Mayo Clinic, a co-author of the new study. "Pathological gambling induced by a drug is really quite unusual."
How long will it be before we hear that Bill Bennett was being treated for Parkinson's disease?

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