Thursday, January 12, 2012

1953 Bayer Aspirin Ad



By 1982 Doctors had already reached a consensus that the use of aspirin to treat flu and chicken pox could cause Reye's syndrome, The Centers for Disease Control recommended warning labels as early as November 1981.

In September 1982, President Reagan's Secretary of Health and Human Services, Richard Schweiker, signed proposed regulations requiring the warning labels, yet five years passed before labels were required in 1986. The Reagan Administration and the Bush Administration have been marked by a commitment to deregulation and when it occurs in an area where it has a health impact, the consequences were profound.

The five-year Government delay in requiring warning labels on aspirin led to the needless deaths of 1,470 children from Reye's syndrome.

WARNINGS: Children and teenagers should not use this medicine for
chicken pox or flu symptoms before a doctor is consulted about Reye
syndrome, a rare but serious illness reported to be associated with aspirin.
As with any drug, if you are pregnant or nursing a baby, see the advice of a
health professional before using this product. IT IS ESPECIALLY
IMPORTANT NOT TO USE ASPIRIN DURING THE LAST 3 MONTHS
OF PREGNANCY UNLESS SPECIFICALLY DIRECTED TO DO SO
BY A DOCTOR BECAUSE IT MAY CAUSE PROBLEMS IN THE
UNBORN CHILD OR COMPLICATIONS DURING DELIVERY. Keep
this and all medicines out of the reach of children. In the case of accidental
overdose, see professional assistance or contact a poison control center
immediately.

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