Talking about Patient Advocacy

My wife just posted this article about changing the attitudes of medical practitioners to patients who are informed and interest in their own health.  However one segment jumped out at me for an entirely different reason.

After reading a news report about two patients suing Pfizer over pain, weakness and memory loss they claim was caused by Lipitor, [a patient] shot me an e-mail, saying such complaints are "exactly what concerns me about the drug du jour."

It’s slightly out of context so I’d suggest you read the full article, but I think it highlights a stark difference between health services in the US and here, my GP would never in a million years give me her email address…