nos-trum. pronunciation: \nos'-trum\. noun. Etymology: Latin, neuter of noster our, ours.
1. a medicine of secret composition recommended by its preparer but usually without scientific proof of its effectiveness.
2. a usually questionable remedy or scheme.
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Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Crazy Weirdness: The Birth Control Pill With Built-In Pregnancy Support...Just In Case

Bayer (the aspirin people) now has FDA approval to market their birth control pill (BCP) with added case the "control" part doesn't work.

You gotta hand it to marketers.  If your product doesn't work, put stuff in it that makes it OK to fail.

In a report by NPR's Health Blog (Sep 27) you can find the FDA's decision to let Bayer put folic acid in it's birth control pill, Yaz.

Mothers who have low folic acid are more likely to give birth to babies with birth defects (specifically spina bifida).

Soooo....In Beyaz, the new Bayer drug, if the "birth control" part doesn't work out like you want it, then you're all set with the folic acid that will protect the fetus  (assuming you don't choose abortion).

I mean, it's logical....and hilarious.

It's like carrying a ready-to-file lawsuit in your glove compartment in case your seatbelt doesn't work.  You're primed to sue in advance.

I suggest (sarcastically) that Bayer add a cholesterol-lowering agent to the pill, too.  That way when  the BCP fails, and the folic acid kicks in, you'll be less likely to have a heart attack before paying for the kid's college education.

Doc D

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