Race-specific drugs!


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Race-specific drugs!

Anyone have anything negative to say about this?

I don't see a problem with it, but does our politically correct crowd have any problems with this?

article said:
Drug for specific race gets first-round OK

The Associated Press

WASHINGTON — Government advisers on Thursday recommended approval of what could be the first drug aimed at a specific racial group.

The Food and Drug Administration's cardiovascular drug advisory panel voted 9-0 in favor of allowing sales of the heart failure drug BiDil.

A clinical trial of the drug in black Americans was halted early when it became apparent that those using the drug did better than those not using it.

That trial, on just over 1,000 individuals, was launched after the FDA turned away the drug following a study involving all races that showed little improvement — but also gave hints that black patients might have had some benefit.

The maker, NitroMed of Lexington, Mass., then decided on a trial using blacks only, a population that has more than twice the rate of heart failure as whites.

In heart failure, the heart is too weak to beat effectively and fluid builds up in the lungs. As many as half of all victims die within five years.

The usual treatment is with drugs called ACE inhibitors, but research has indicated they do not work as well in black patients as in white patients.

BiDil is a combination of two drugs: hydralazine, which eases blood pressure, and isosorbide dinitrate, which is used for heart pain. The combination also boosts the amounts of nitric oxide in the blood, a substance that is found in lower levels in blacks.
Edit: Sorry about that, i got the link from google and it worked. When you click on it directly, it doesn't.


Let's see here, something bad to say about it...

The evil Republicans are going to deny this drug's approval so they can continue to oppress the black man. Then they'll create a second drug that makes this drug work "better" and sell both drugs to the black population in order ot make even more obscene profits. Meanwhile they'll block all government programs from paying for the drug so the blacks can't afford it and they can all finally die. Then and only then can they unveil their true evil conservative selves and build factories producing spotted owl snacks. Fried in Exxon Oil.

To be serious, what bad can you say about it? There are minute genetic differences between everybody. Skin color is genetic. Slight differences make blacks more susceptible to sickle-cell than whites. So what? I still can't see the point of dividing us by skin color. Culture is the dividing line.


Diabloii.Net Member
I read about this a few days ago. I seem to remember that the same drug was rejected by the FDA a number of years back, when it was targeted toward the general population. By claiming it's targeted towards a specific racial group the scope of the trials required by the FDA was reduced significantly, and the manufacturer managed to get it in. In the same article it said that practically speaking, doctors will be perscribing it to anyone they want, now that it's available.

It was just a ploy by the drug manufacturer to get around the FDA's initial rejection.


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The whole race thing is kinda misleading.

All medicine depends on the individual. Theyre just saying that perhaps one population may benefit more from it.