For my first post ever, I'm going to focus on what's near and dear to my heart. Children. I am the father of two beautiful children, both under the age of 4.
As the FDA releases details of a probe against the makers of Childrens Tylenol (my former employer Johnson & Johnson), it begs the question of what is truly safe for our children from a health care/maintenance perspective. Check out the link to this story here: http://money.cnn.com/2010/05/04/news/companies/tylenol_recall_fda_inspection_report/index.htm?hpt=Sbin
I have many friends who also have children, and like me, they no doubt care for their children and want the best for them. However, when news like today regarding serious allegations of defective finished products for children by one of the most trusted healthcare companies in the world comes to light, it begs the question:
What's best for our children?
I also have some friends who question the efficacy and impacts of vaccinations for their children, while others would not fathom bypassing the opportunity to give their children the "typical" battery of vaccinations.
As someone trained in the sciences, I firmly believe that a great deal of due diligence is conducted by drug companies in conjunction with governing bodies to ensure the safety and efficacy of their products. However, with everything, nothing is perfect, and there are inherant flaws in these formulations.
So my question is, where do you stand on these issues? Do you "believe" in giving children OTC drugs or vaccinations?
What are the consequences or risks of giving children pharmaceuticals.
I invite your pensive sharing. Feel free to pass this post for comment to your family and friends. I'm equally interested in everyone's perspective and dialogue on this issue...