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January 01, 2012 – Comments (10)

We all recognize winning, and even more so winning streaks. Consecutive Super Bowls are rare. UConn's women's 90 win basketball streak is amazing. According to wikipedia, Jahangir Khan won 555 consecutive squash matches from 1981 unitl 1986.

When an almost 100 year winning streak comes to an end, it should not end without recognition for the dethroned and fan fare and celebration for the new victors. 

I would like to take this moment to congratulate the Pharmaceutical Industry for ending the nearly one hundred year reign of autombile accidents as the leading cause of accidental death in the United States.

That they accomplished this feat while doing their best to help kep us alive and after having taken an oath to finish last in this category is truly extraordinary. 

Nice work fellows, and congratulations to the teams leaders.

Rock on. 

 The Top 10 Most Dangerous Rx Drugs in America

This list of brand name and generic drugs was compiled from the Drug Abuse Warning Network's (DAWN's) database of emergency room visits in 2009, including drug poisonings that lead to both deaths and survivals.

1. Xanax (alprazolam) 112,552 (benzodiazepine class)

2. OxyContin (and other oxycodone drugs) 105,214 (opiate class) 

3. Vicodin (and other hydrocodone drugs) 86,258 (opiate class)

4. Methadone 63,031 (opiate class)

5. Klonopin (clonazepam) 57,633 (benzodiazepine class)

6. Ativan (lorazepam) 36,582 (benzodiazepine class)

7. Morphine drugs 31,731 (opiate class)

8. Seroquel (quetiapine) 29,436 (antipsychotic class)

9. Ambien (zolpidem) 29,127 (sedative class)

10. Valium (diazepam) 25,150 (benzodiazepine)

Best wishes,

Steven 

10 Comments – Post Your Own

#1) On January 02, 2012 at 12:40 AM, zzlangerhans (99.70) wrote:

As with automobiles, you should be congratulating the consumers who choose to abuse these inventions without regard for their own safety. Does individual responsibility still exist at all in the United States in 2012?

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#2) On January 02, 2012 at 12:44 AM, devoish (98.52) wrote:

Absolutely it does. But that does not detract from the achievment.

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#3) On January 02, 2012 at 3:32 AM, whereaminow (22.15) wrote:

All approved by the FDA?

Visit Mark's Daily Apple for healthy living without drugs, FDA approved or not.

David

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#4) On January 02, 2012 at 8:32 AM, devoish (98.52) wrote:

None of them are banned by the FDA. Neither are Marks diet plan and supplements.

Lets not detract from the achievment just because the playing field is not level. The auto industry is weighed down by seat belts and airbags. The pharmaceutical industrys best player - heroin - isn't even allowed in the game, but it wasn't a level playing field when automobile accidents were winning either. 

You and I could probably argue all day and into the next year about which of our teams has the most unfair disadvantages etraacting form their peformances.

Keep in mind my team cannot play the 1922 Briggs and Stratton Flyer either.  

Best wishes,

Steven 

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#5) On January 02, 2012 at 10:44 AM, skypilot2005 (< 20) wrote:

Are the Drug Companies writing prescriptions now?

Come on.

BTW, Vicodin is my favorite.........

:)

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#6) On January 02, 2012 at 2:26 PM, leohaas (32.67) wrote:

So, is the advice here to buy big pharma? Or sell, maybe? Can you let us know how we can take advantage of this knowledge when making investment decisions?

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#7) On January 02, 2012 at 4:22 PM, devoish (98.52) wrote:

Leohaas, 

Warren Buffett once said, “I’ll tell you why I like the cigarette business. It costs a penny to make. Sell it for a dollar. It’s addictive. And there’s fantastic brand loyalty.”

I guess Davids advice and mine, is to avoid big pharma at the Doctors office though.

As far as investment advice goes, I get mine from TMF newsletters but the CAPS picks are my own mistakes.

Best wishes,

Steven 

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#8) On January 04, 2012 at 11:26 PM, FleaBagger (29.72) wrote:

David and Steve-o (and I) agree on something! This is like that Hadron Collider: either we're making progress or the world is about to get sucked into a black hole and disappear from time and space.

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#9) On January 05, 2012 at 9:20 PM, Hawmps (< 20) wrote:

I haven't done the math, but an interesting statistic would be comparing growth in "accidental" Rx deaths over a ten year period with TV air time hours for Rx commercials.  I find it absolutely, morally wrong that I see commericals telling me to ask my doctor if the little purple pill or whatever else is right for me!  That's the DOCTOR'S job, to tell me what I need to help my ailment to heal.  And I certainly do not look forward to my kid asking me what is erectile disfunction and do I have to worry about that?... 'cause he saw it on a stupid TV commercial.

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#10) On January 06, 2012 at 6:50 PM, devoish (98.52) wrote:

Flea,

Relax, I  am sure the world is safe, and it is only because we have not delved the subject matter more deeply that we agree. Besides, David has not agreed with my supposition concerning his advice.

Hawmps

I think that if the rest of health care was right, the commercials would be managable.

Best wishes,

Steven 

 

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