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If you watch enough T.V. you are bombarded by ads that champion one cure after another for a myriad of diseases or ailments with names that are hard to pronounce or that they are unpronounceable, even to a literate person. After telling you the ailments that the advertised medicinal or drug products will alleviate, they list a laundry list of the dangers of using those very same products. These side effects range from possible death, strokes, yeast infections, dizziness, heart attacks, constipation, diarrhea, rashes etc., etc. It's enough to scare the living daylights out of a prospective customer of these drugs, who is looking for relief of a problem not an additional problem to cope with. You wonder, after hearing all these possible side effects, if the cure is worse than the disease?
The reason these drug companies list all these dangers and side effects of the products they are advertising, is to “cover their as---” from a possible lawsuit by “ambulance chasing lawyers” (some who might fall under the classification of being called “shyster lawyers” - a “shyster” is defined as someone who acts in a disreputable, unethical, or unscrupulous way, especially in the practice of law), who are chomping at the bit to latch on to one or more of these liability cases. Corresponding to the avalanche of drug ads on T.V. are a corresponding avalanche of ads by lawyers trolling for prospective customers who have had an adverse reaction to one or more of these medicines or drugs, and who are now looking to cash in on their real or imagined damages or adverse effects. The ads by the lawyers make it sound that the victims can or will hit the “liability lottery” if they hire them to represent them in a lawsuit against these drug companies. Little, if any, do these lawyer ads mention the fact that the law firm will be compensated by getting a 33% to 40% fee of the award given the “victims” of these drugs.
Most of these cases never go to trial (only 10% do) as the drug companies have determined that it would be cheaper to settle rather than go to trial, so it's almost an “effortless” effort to get a piece of the action by the lawyer for their clients just by threatening the drug companies with a lawsuit. The practices by the trial lawyers scream out for our politicians to enact meaningful “tort reform”. Since most politicians are lawyers, it is almost impossible to get common sense legislation passed limiting the practice of the liability lawyers, most of whom will go back to practicing law once their legislative careers are concluded. With all the talk about health care, hardly any mention is made of what part these lawsuits play in the costs of medicine or health care. You could say that there is a conflict of interest on the part of many politicians, due to the fact that they don't want to harm their future income source when they go back to practicing law. It'll take a really tough leader to get legislation passed to bring some common sense back to our health care system. A populist President like Donald Trump, a non-lawyer, is probably the one person who might be able to accomplish this task. The odds are against reform, as the Democrat Party is in the “pocket” of the trial lawyers who donate many millions, mainly to the Democrats, to keep the status quo, is quite high.
So to sum up the answer to the headline, it can be concluded that in some cases the cure seems worse than the disease, but, if properly handled, these drugs can be a force for good in extending the lives of people or by giving relief to the medically afflicted. Be aware of the dangers of the drugs you take and work closely with your physician to mitigate any life-threatening side effects.
Conservative commentary by Chuck Lehmann