Common Misconceptions about Tylenol and other OTC Drugs

by Dr. Joseph Mercola with Rachael Droege

Seven Common Misconceptions About Tylenol and Other OTC Drugs

Each year Americans buy about 5 billion over-the-counter (OTC) drugs in the hopes of treating routine medical problems. Many believe OTC drugs do not pose the same risks as prescription drugs and are completely safe to use, as they are so readily available.

Unfortunately, the ease with which OTC drugs can be obtained presents a false sense of security. As with all drugs, OTC drugs are simply covering up symptoms and are not addressing the underlying cause of the symptoms. Further, even though they�re available without a prescription, they are still drugs, and many contain powerful ingredients. Take a look at the following misconceptions that are floating around to get an idea of the potential risks of relying on OTC drugs, and check out my nutrition plan to learn how to prevent many of the illnesses that drive you to use these drugs in the first place.

Good News – Drug Company Profits Drop while Rises


Although drug sales for two major drug companies rose, charges took their toll on Pfizer, the world’s largest drug maker, and Wyeth, the 10th largest.

Data shows Pfizer’s revenue rose 52 percent, but their net income declined to $602 million, or 8 cents a share, from $2.86 billion, or 46 cents a share, this time last year. The decline was due to the $1.76 billion in charges to cover lingering legal problems associated with the withdrawn diabetes drug Rezulin and an epilepsy remedy Neurontin. Both drugs were once marketed by Warner-Lambert Co., which Pfizer obtained in 2000.

Drugs & Doctors May be Leading Cause of Death

by Dr. Joseph Mercola, D.O.

At one time, the main title of my Web site ( read:

Doctors are the Third leading Cause of Death

Many of you reading this have read or seen this in many places other than my Web site. This article, available on my home page, was widely circulated on the Internet and was one of the reasons why my Web site was initially popular. What you may not realize is that I am the one who made this analysis and popularized it. The original study was published by Dr. Starfield, a full professor of public health at the most prestigious hospital in the United States, Johns Hopkins. Her study never had the headline in it, but instead listed the published research documenting the various causes of deaths that doctors contributed to. I simply added them all up and compared them to cardiovascular diseases and cancer and came up with the above headline, which was widely circulated on the Internet.

Marketing Drugs in the 21st Century


The Pharmaceutical Companies Double Barrel Assault on the Public

For decades, the release of a new prescription drug onto the market was a rather low-key affair. Publicly, the event was usually marked by little more than a news item. Serious media coverage was reserved for major breakthroughs. Advertisements, if any, appeared in medical publications and were directed towards physicians who, it was presumed, could separate the facts from the “hype”. Patients rarely saw these ads. Samples would be disseminated to physicians and hospitals with the hope that they would begin the use and then prescribe the drug. Small promotional “gifts” to physicians (pens, paperweights and the like) hardly insured the commercial success of any drug. Moreover, there was no direct contact between the pharmaceutical companies and those who might ultimately use their products. In fact, drugs were usually forced to succeed or fail based upon their ability to work as promised while not exhibiting any disastrous side effects.

Doctors Told: No More Gifts

by New York Times Article

The federal government is warning drugmakers that the practice of giving gifts to doctors in exchange for a preference for a particular prescription drug could violate federal fraud and abuse laws, reports The New York Times. The rule also applies to pharmacists and others in a position to recommend specific drugs.

The American Drug Cartel and Doctor Knows Best

by Chet Day

Out of respect for my brain, other than the local and national news, I don’t watch much television.

But it dawned on me Monday evening when I eyeballed the CBS Nightly News broadcast that the pharmaceutical companies have in place an insidious advertising campaign to influence the buying habits of an already drugged-out nation that so blindly relies on the often specious notion that “Doctor knows best.”