Catching up, & the 2009 version of negative publicity for Fibromyalgia originating with the Associated Press article of February
Anyway, while I put myself back to rights, I'll be doing some catching up on blog posts. Awareness Day (of chronic, immunological and neurological diseases) is May 12, so I'll be focusing on that a lot.
First order of business: Back in February there was an article published by the Associated Press titled:
"AP IMPACT: Drugmakers' push boosts 'murky' ailment"The murky ailment is, of course, Fibromyalgia. The article was in all the major news sources, and lots of minor ones. It was about the same time last year that the NYT article came out. It was a similar sensationalistic piece of crap, without big pharma to pile the blame on. I did a series of blog posts on the NYT article debacle last year (look here for a list of those posts), and I feel the same coming on for this situation. When I first saw this year's article back in February, I googled the title and was greeted with 3,550 potential results. A few days later there were 17,600 results. Last week there were "only" 852 results, today 644. So last year we just had some bad PR in ONE of the most influential newspapers in the world. This year it's in different news sources all over the world.
Buy hey, we'll get past it. Some PR types even say that as long as FM is being discussed, it's all good.
So here's the actual article, several versions from several sources. Take your pick.
- From the (San Francisco) Bay Ledger News Zone, "AP IMPACT: Drugmakers' push boosts 'murky' ailment."
- MSNBC provides us with the charts and graphs.
- And from the Houston Chronicle, similar article, same author, different picture and title - "Disease may not be real but the drug profits are."
- Here's some good news: There's now no trace of the article that was in the Atlanta Journal Constitution, complete with charts and graphs. Yay, Atlanta!
Do you think the author of this article is credible? There's this site called NewsCred where you can voice your opinion on that topic. It's quick to register and I think Mr. Perrone could stand to lose some credibility for the fact that he reported on so little of the research going on about FM, and he talked to so few of the many, many CREDIBLE doctors we have that understand FM.
The NFA has been contacting media outlets that published Mr. Perrone’s article across the nation. In addition to sharing the disappointment of the fibromyalgia community, their response provides accurate information about fibromyalgia, including the science behind fibromyalgia and the lack of research funding.
You can find a lot more information on the National Fibromyalgia Association's page NFA Responds to AP Article, including:
- The NFA's response
- How to contact the AP
- 10 ways to respond to negative and false Information about fibromyalgia
- Fibromyalgia Fact Sheet
- An overview on Recognition, Research and Science
Several points made in the AP article were addressed by fibromyalgia experts on February 11, 2009 during a medical talk show produced by Patient Power. Guests included leading FM researcher Daniel Clauw, MD, professor of medicine in the Division of Rheumatology, University of Michigan Health System; Martha Beck, Ph.D., who has been diagnosed with fibromyalgia; and Lynne Matallana, president and founder of the National Fibromyalgia Association.
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