Classic MadTV meets AppleTV = iRack

MadTV meets AppleTV = iRack

This classic skit from MadTV runs a great parallel of current events.


FDA Warns Sleeping Pills Can Sometimes Cause ‘Sleep-Driving’

What the hell!? Oh there is this little side effect…Sleep Driving. This ranks right up there with vomiting and anal dis-charge. Notice I am not going to even going to try and order seriousness of these top contenders in the side effects roulette pageant. Anyways, here’s the AP article…

WASHINGTON (AP) — All sleeping pills, including the blockbusters Ambien and Lunesta, may sometimes cause a bizarre but dangerous side effect — sleep-driving, the Food and Drug Administration warned Wednesday.

It’s like sleepwalking but behind-the-wheel: driving while not fully awake after using a sleeping aid — with no memory of doing so.

The FDA ordered the makers of 13 products to strengthen warnings on their labels about two rare but serious side effects:

–Sleep-driving, along with other less dangerous “complex sleep-related behaviors” — like making phone calls or fixing and eating food while still asleep.

–And life-threatening allergic reactions, as well as severe facial swelling, both of which can occur the first time the pills are taken.

FDA told manufacturers to write letters to doctors to notify them of the new warnings, and all prescription sleeping pills now will come with special brochures called “Medication Guides” that spell out the risks for patients in easy-to-understand language.

FDA wouldn’t say exactly how many cases of sleep-driving it uncovered, or if it knew of any car crashes, saying only that “there have been rare adverse events reported.”

“Due to the potential for embarrassment and/or legal exposure, people are less likely to report some of the more complex sleep behaviors. Therefore, FDA is concerned that there may be extensive under-reporting of these events,” said FDA spokeswoman Kimberly Rawlings. “It was important to alert people about the risk of complex sleep behaviors, especially sleep-driving because of the potential for this activity to cause harm or death to both the patients and the community.”

This entire class of medicine, known as sedative-hypnotic products, has these rare risks, FDA said. But some drugs may cause the problems more than others, so FDA recommended that manufacturers conduct clinical trials to figure that out.

The drugs are: Ambien; Butisol sodium; Carbrital; Dalmane; Doral; Halcion; Lunesta; Placidyl; Prosom; Restoril; Rozerem; Seconal; Sonata.


When looking for an image to accompany the article below I came accross this classic cartoon by Richard Bartholomew


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Ashcroft Shows True Side

Article today in the Wallstreet Journal, amongst others, show the true nature of former Attorney General John Asshcroft. When dealing with the Sirius – XM Satellite Radio merger he came out barking last week in strong opposition on behalf of the National Association of Broadcasters but actually peddled his expert opinion to the satellite companies first. Money rules when your a lobbyist consultant, not the actual issue. Sure puts into question “his honest opinion as an antitrust expert”. Can any politicians really be trusted?

March 3, 2007 8:36 p.m.
WASHINGTON — Former Attorney General John Ashcroft, who sent a letter this week to his successor Alberto Gonzales blasting the proposed merger of Sirius Satellite Radio Inc. and XM Satellite Radio Holdings Inc., approached XM in the days after the merger was announced offering the firm his consulting services, a spokesman for XM said Saturday.

The spokesman said XM declined Mr. Ashcroft’s offer to work as a lobbyist for the company.

Mr. Ashcroft was subsequently hired by the National Association of Broadcasters, which is fiercely opposed to the merger. On its behalf he conducted a review of the effects on competition if the two satellite radio companies were allowed to merge.

In a letter sent to Mr. Gonzales Feb. 27, Mr. Ashcroft concluded the merger would have a significant negative impact on competition in the market and urged the current attorney general to withhold approval for the merger.

“After the merger was announced, Mr. Ashcroft’s firm contacted us about hiring him to assist us,” said Nathaniel Brown, a spokesman for XM. “We declined. Apparently the National Association of Broadcasters opted to pay him to parrot their views.”

Dennis Wharton, the NAB’s executive director, said Saturday, “NAB approached former Attorney General Ashcroft to review the proposed XM-Sirius merger and offer his honest opinion as an antitrust expert. We are not aware of any alleged previous discussions between Mr. Ashcroft and officials at either satellite radio company.”

A revelation that Mr. Ashcroft was shopping his services to both sides of the debate over the merger may raise doubts in the eyes of some as to the rigor of his review conducted on behalf of the NAB.

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