Why come up with great new ideas when you can recycle the lousy old ones?
I know that sounds like an absolutely batty philosophy, but that’s an old play in Big Pharma’s book — and it’s one of they’re about to run again.
There’s a cancer drug so dangerous even many mainstream docs won’t prescribe it — because it can kill patients faster than the disease ever will.
But if you think that’s going to stop the Big Pharma marketing machine, think again — because now, they might try to repackage it as an arthritis drug!
It’s called methotrexate, and a new study claims it can help folks battling knee osteoarthritis, or the “wear and tear” form of the disease.
Over half a year, sure, it worked — a little.
Folks who took the drug had less pain, lower levels of inflammation, and more function than folks on a placebo (although it should be noted that the placebo group had a decent improvement, too).
They even cut their use of pain pills, and no one dropped dead — which, on the face of it, sounds like a big win for the methotrexate.
But don’t go asking your doc about this drug just yet.
This is one of the riskiest meds on the market, and you don’t have to take my word for it. Just try to get through the warning label on the package without wincing.
This thing is practically a novella and includes methotrexate-induced lung disease, organ system toxicity, hepatotoxicity, fibrosis, cirrhosis, bone marrow suppression, aplastic anemia, fetal death, pneumonia, and severe, occasionally fatal, skin reactions.
That’s just 23 of the 557 words in the warning… and they want you to take this for a little knee pain?
NO WAY, JOSÉ!
Even worse than all those risks, docs say it’s incredibly easy to overdose on the drug… and there are dire consequences if you do.
A new report out of Australia finds at least 90 patients taking it for rheumatoid arthritis have been hospitalized and that seven have died over the past 10 years because of accidental overdose.
There’s a better option for arthritis: just about anything else.
Of course, I don’t expect you to start smoking to stop knee pain (but there’s certainly no reason to stop if you already smoke).