Posted by allisonm on August 6, 2002, at 10:34:07
In reply to Re: trial question, posted by pharmrep on August 5, 2002, at 21:39:41
>> Maybe I missed your point. Your original question was regarding long-term studies...I am saying yes, they exist for Celexa as well as other ad's. I am not selling here, so please stop saying that. I was making the observation that Lex is not entirely a foreign substance to the body, as perhaps other new drugs might be "new." Paxil is another one that is not new (just a lowered dose with a different release mechanism)<<
Thanks for the information. You did answer my question re' whether there were longterm studies going on. That is good to know.
I understand what you are saying about Lexapro and foreign substances, although I still tend to disagree that because something may not be "foreign" it is safer or less dangerous. They still are chemicals we are adding to our systems that cause desired and undesired effects. We just hope that the desired effects outweigh the undesired ones.
I don't care to get into picking nits, but was is your phrasing re' Lexapro that prompted my comment about your connection with the company that produces the drug. You said: "The good news about Lexapro is that it is not a foreign matter in the human body. It is half of
the Celexa molecule, and has been used by over 30 million people for over 15 years in Europe and the US."
I hope you will excuse me: I have worked as newspaper editor and as a PR rep for many years and am sensitive -- or perhaps overly sensitive -- to how things are said, phrased, spun. Phrases such as "the good news about..." and even "which has been used by over 30 million people in Europe and the U.S." strike me as a bit promotional, especially coming from someone in your line of work. If it had been some computer programmer or grocery store clerk who'd been taking it and liked it a lot, I probably would have read past it or chalked it up to enthusiasm or perhaps overzealousness. Trying to talk about a drug from a company that you represent without sounding as though you are promoting it puts you in a difficult situation in that whatever you say is apt to be scrutinized very closely here -- even though your intent is to help and not to sell.
Thanks again for the information.