I don't even take the drug, I never will, but what's the deal with withholding data like this. Let's see it, AbbVie! Shouldn't trial information be available to the general public in order for people to make informed decisions regarding the best treatment choice? How can people do that, when the information isn't there!?
I visualize a bunch of robots.. The robots are the patients, they take what they are given and do as they are told. God forbid people ask questions and want the answers and demand them. People have the right to know this information... right? For the people that take this stuff, they put the chemical into their body everyday and they aren't allowed to know everything there is to know about the stuff? That just doesn't sit well with me and it shouldn't sit well with you either.
It's sketchy.. The whole drug/medicine/medical industry can't be trusted. They really are starting to show their faces by trying to put a curtain in front of them. When people are told "No" to something that is usually otherwise available, it just holds a red flag to it and makes people wonder things, speculate what the reasons may be for withholding. AbbVie is making it quite clear that they have something to hide. Logically, what reason would they have for wanting to hold back trial data... unless the data shows something that could result in an unfavorable response. It might make people requestion if Humira is for them or not. Now if the data were positive, wouldn't the company want to display it for the world to see? It would lead to more sales and continued use of the treatment.
Let's face it, your doctor isn't running down the whole list of possibly negative consequences of taking the drug before you start it. He/she just isn't and that's that. They shine a positive outlook on the drug because they want you to take it. In addition, THEY don't even know the ins and outs of the drug. That's really our job and our responsibility as patients to do our homework. Some people do their research and some people don't, but for the ones who do, not having this information easily available or just not showing "all" of the information is just giving people a false/skewed view of what the drug really is.
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