@nurseheadakes Thanks for summing up that meeting. I was there too! It was discouraging to hear that doctors are supposed to report side effects for the drugs that they are prescribing, yet that step is usually not done. You mentioned the figure I heard (less than 1/25th of 1%). Another fact is that I always thought that the drug labeling inside the prescription box listed all possible side effects. That, too, is not correct. Even the Physician's Desk Reference does not list every side effect but I think it's because of the fact that doctors are not reporting back to the FDA. Probably our best line of defense, as you mentioned, is diet and exercise. People need to consider alternative medicines but our doctors do not embrace the practice and insurances do not cover any costs.
Tony in Michigan