It Happens All the Time

Sep 26 2016 Published by under Life of a Physician

I get some test results. They are not yet optimal for whatever the patient has, so I want to make a medication change. We are using a well-established drug with minimal side effects. At the time it was first prescribed, we reviewed alternatives, and the family was in complete agreement with starting this treatment. The drug is also incredibly inexpensive, one of those most pharmacies will provide for $4 per month.

We call to increase the dose, and the family tells us they stopped the drug. Not because it caused side effects or other problems. They have decided to try some supplements for a more natural treatment.

We manage to renegotiate treatment with the original drug. We will now have to test again to assess its effects, at further cost. The insurance covers the cost of the drug, pretty much in full. The supplements the family substituted easily cost five times their out-of-pocket expense for the pharmaceutical agent. So they are more expensive as well as ineffective.

But somehow the family was willing to shoulder those expenses to be "natural," even though there is little "natural" about these supplements. These supplements "support" the systems involved in their child's health issues, so they were worth a try.

Isn't it time to get rid of this costly BS that the supplement industry is allowed to spew?

One response so far

  • Zuska says:

    Absolutely with you 100% on this. I see this frequently with friends of mine who think "natural" on a label means it is surely better than anything a doctor can prescribe and is guaranteed to help them with no side effects. I am sad when I see adults do this to themselves but just left without words to express my frustration when I see them, for example, "treating" their kids with "natural" remedies that were "prescribed" by holistic healers when there are established safe and effective medicines available.

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