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Thomas Marciniak, the FDA review-team leader [of AstraZeneca’s new anticlotting drug, Brilinta] … wrote that [according to trial results] 12 patients reported their own deaths by telephone.

Perhaps not wishing to stir up too much excitement among consumers, AstraZeneca is remaining mum on the matter.

AstraZeneca declined to comment on the allegation about patients reporting their own deaths…

One question UD has is whether users of Brilinta are able to report their deaths only by telephone, or let’s say they prefer tweets or email, or old-fashioned face-to-face.

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7 Responses to “A drug that allows people to report their own deaths by telephone is bound to be a blockbuster.”

  1. dave.s. Says:

    Mary Baker Eddy made sure this was possible for her with a phone in her grave, in Mt Auburn Cemetery.

  2. Margaret Soltan Says:

    dave.s.: I totally thought about Mary Baker Eddy while writing this post! Should have called to tell her.

  3. dmf Says:

    do they require landlines to travel over?

  4. adam Says:

    The ether will take care of the call.

  5. Contingent Cassandra Says:

    Given the chance, I don’t think I’d make my phone call to AstraZeneca, even if I had been taking one of their drugs (I could always ask a more important call-recipient to pass on any comments I had about the drug).

  6. Margaret Soltan Says:

    Contingent Cassandra: LOL.

  7. Dom Says:

    It’s just Cotard’s syndrome. Other medications also have the same side effect.

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