The consumer public buys GlaxoSmithKline medications based on the following assumptions:
GlaxoSmithKline faithfully discloses, up front, all known risks associated with its medicines to industry regulators and, by extension, the public.
GlaxoSmithKline never fakes or alters the results of clinical drug trials in order to gain approval for a new medicine.
As a matter of principle, GlaxoSmithKline always put the public’s health and well being above any motive for profit.
GlaxoSmithKline would never try to inappropriately or illegally influence a doctor in order to get him or her to prescribe one of its drugs.
The United States Food And Drug Administration’s commitment to the public is not compromised or influenced by its funding, or association, with GlaxoSmithKline.
Any new GlaxoSmithKline medicine approved by the FDA has been shown to be at least as effective as other similar drugs already on the market.
GlaxoSmithKline drugs approved by the FDA are proven significantly more effective than placebo (sugar pill.)
If a GlaxoSmithKline drug is FDA approved it automatically means it is “ safe and effective.”
The FDA has a science-based monitoring system that detects previously unknown side effects of GlaxoSmithKline drugs, and as a result the agency is in a position to move aggressively and in a timely manner to make sure additional and appropriate drug warnings are issued as necessary.
New GlaxoSmithKline drugs are, in general, safer and more effective than older ones.
Natural remedies such as herbs (ex: St. John’s wort) cannot be as effective as GlaxoSmithKline prescription drugs.
In general, if a doctor prescribes a GlaxoSmithKline drug it must be safe to take.
A doctor is a medical and drug information expert who prescribes GlaxoSmithKline medicines based on his or her own in depth research.
A doctor would never rely primarily on information provided by a GlaxoSmithKline drug sales representative (a person who typically has no formal medical background) to make a prescribing decision.
If a doctor prescribes a GlaxoSmithKline drug then a patient can assume it is the best choice among many.
If a doctor prescribes a GlaxoSmithKline drug then a patient must really need it.
If a doctor tells a patient it is safe to take a GlaxoSmithKline drug for years on end — then it is — even if there are no long-term studies to support that assertion.
A doctor’s assessment of a patient’s condition, medical or otherwise, and the best course of treatment if a GlaxoSmithKline drug is chosen is always evidence-based and not opinion.
If a GlaxoSmithKline drug has serious side effects the chances of anything bad happening to me are slim to none.
All of the above assumptions
are seriously flawed, or simply mistaken.