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Mind-altering ketamine becomes new pain treatment, despite little research or regulation

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By MATTHEW PERRONE

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And once more the US sees doctors outside of their field of expertise prescribing drugs for purposes that are not well supported by evidence profiting from patients that are desperate for relief and will have to use their savings since the drugs are not covered by insurance. It makes it easier to see how the opioid disaster came to be, but also makes it quite difficult to understand why nothing to prevent it from happening again has been done.

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And once more the US sees doctors outside of their field of expertise prescribing drugs for purposes that are not well supported by evidence profiting from patients that are desperate for relief and will have to use their savings since the drugs are not covered by insurance.

Well, that pretty much sums up what we've seen during the pandemic, with unqualified regulators and other bureaucrats approving/recommending/forcing certain unproven products and discouraging/prohibiting safe and effective ones, while completely ignoring the advice of top experts in the respective fields.

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Well, that pretty much sums up what we've seen during the pandemic, with unqualified regulators and other bureaucrats approving/recommending/forcing certain unproven products and discouraging/prohibiting safe and effective ones, while completely ignoring the advice of top experts in the respective fields.

No, that is not what was observed, most recommendations in the US simply reflected the consensus of medical science, people unable to put forward scientific reports that are not destroyed by peer review are not "top experts" even if you agree with what they say by contradicting that consensus.

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While the science behind ketamine is murky, the business model is clear: Physicians can purchase ketamine for less than $100 a vial and charge $500 to $1,500 per infusion.

Heck yeah! Legal drug dealers.

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Terrible drugs that will be sold to addicts.

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Drugmakers are subject to strict FDA regulation in how they promote their medicines

Perhaps they should be legally required to label ketamine as Horse Tranquilizer. I understand that's what it was originally used as. That might put a few people off.

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Took ketamine by mistake once....it was not a nice experience. Why people wanna take this on purpose I have no idea

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