Posted: May 13, 2016
I get a kick out of the many pharmaceutical commercials that are on television these days. For example, Eloquis, which is designed to help with as a blood thinner, cautions those who take the drug may want to watch out for signs of bleeding. While taking Aloquist it should be noted if you have an artificial heart valve, it may be dangerous to continue taking the medicine.
Users of Eloquis should also be aware that bruising may occur. You are supposed to tell your doctor if, while taking Aloquist, users may find that bleeding will occur on a regular basis and it may take longer than usual for bleeding to stop. However, reduced risk of stroke is a positive.
Or, there's the commercial promoting the fact that if you had surgery to implant a blood clot filter or had internal bleeding, you may be entitled to a cash award. Some law firm sells their potential customers on the fact that a cash award may come their way if even if they haven't suffered any side effects.
I have not had any major surgeries and don't foresee any future health problems, but it makes one wonder if any drug is safe for the public to take given that so many addendums and cautionary attributes are associated with taking certain medicines.
RANDOM THOUGHT: I like the idea that municipalities throughout Wisconsin do not have bans on the retail use of certain containers, such as plastic bags. A bill that was approved by the state senate, which recently ended its two-year session, disallows local governments from implementing such rules. The assembly also passed the measure earlier.
The Eau Claire City Council a few years ago planned to cut down on the use of plastic bags, but the effort was fortunately put on hold.
Plastic bags cost about a penny each, while paper bags range from six cents to about a dime each. Regardless of the merits of the bill, its passage highlights a trend away from the local control that the Republican Party so often favors.
Retailers and business groups are concerned that bans on plastic bags in individual communities would lead to a bunch of measures, new regulations and higher business costs.
I like the idea that communities throughout Wisconsin don't have to abide by different laws in different municipalities. I also like the idea that Eau Claire doesn't have a ban in place.