An advisory panel to the FDA has recommended pulling Vicodin (hydrocodone) and Percocet off shelves because of the danger of overdose and liver damage.
I have a better proposal. Why don't we remove all drugs from the market because of the potential for overdose and for most of them, liver damage and other serious side effects? Once we pull the sleeping pills and antidepressants away from health care administrators and insurance execs, they might spend their time awake making good or at least ethical decisions and experiencing stress, guilt, and grief for decisions that harm people. Can't and shouldn't liver counts be monitored for people on serious meds for the long term? Mine are.
Hydrocodone is the drug I take because of the effects of anti-inflammatories on my stomach; many anti-inflammatories have also been pulled from the market. It makes living as opposed to existing possible, allows me to extend my time out sometimes and enjoy a day out, though I may be bedridden later. Why doesn't the FDA just hand out guns instead of hydrocodone? Or do they want us on stronger narcotics, like Oxycontin, or oh, oh, what's the one that starts with a D? Dilaudid? And morphine! They think suicides and overdoses will go down if they pull these drugs off the shelves? Yes, I have been suicidal from pain though have recognized it will get better again and I have tried to relieve it in other ways. Adequate pain relief makes life bearable.
So we'll have more people more drugged on stronger stuff up on the streets, because stronger drugs don't have any side effects. And, I know! Let's put all the arthritis people on the TNF inhibitors--they only cost $15,000 a year, paid for by the advisory panel (or wait, do they own stock?). Those don't have any serious risks! Or do they want us all smoking pot?
Ibuprofen also causes liver damage--let's ban that, too.
Let's also sign up the FDA advisory panel for clinical trials using themselves as volunteers for spinal surgeries following voluntarily induced disability. No pain medicine for you!
See also, "Guns, Not Hydrocodone."