A patient of brought his doctor an article from the October 3, 2006 edition of The New York Times. When the doctor finished reading it and thought he should pass it on to as many people as possible.
The basic message of the article is this: If you’re a heart attack survivor, your government is preventing you from getting certain kinds of follow-up care that may be critical to your survival.
The story tells how doctors in Italy routinely prescribe fish oil to heart attack survivors. They believe it’s effectiveness has been proved to the point that they would consider it malpractice to omit it from a patient’s recovery.
But don’t expect to get a prescription for fish oil from your cardiologist. Here in the US, thanks to the FDA, you can’t buy Omacor, the only prescription fish oil for use in heart patients.