Letter to the editor
April 24, 2014
I am a nurse practitioner who has served Scotland County for the past 12 years since graduating from UNC-Chapel Hill. I recently submitted an opinion article in the paper to discuss hormone replacement therapy and the different options available. While I am thankful my article was submitted, I am horribly disappointed in the editing of the article. The last two paragraphs were heavily editing without my permission. The last paragraph in particular was not my writing. Hormone replacement has been bundled under the umbrella of “bad for you” but that is simply not true. There is a huge difference in the synthetic hormones and bio-identical hormones. The bio-identical are much safer and do not carry the associated health risks of some of the “FDA approved” synthetics. I felt that the sentence written by the editor, “Some hormone replacement therapy products are not endorsed by the FDA” was unethical to say the least. We are well aware at BioTE that although the estrogen and testosterone in the pellets in fact are FDA approved, that the procedure is not. BioTE has kept it that way to reduce the cost for patients.
Although many consumers think that FDA approval means the drug is safe, that is simply not true. As cited in JAMA (1998 article), “FDA approved drugs have caused over 100,000 deaths”, while FDA nonapproved supplements have caused zero deaths (source: GAO report).
I do agree that making sure you research and get the facts before starting any therapy is always the best approach, and I work hand in hand with my patients to empower them to make healthy decisions that improve their overall quality of life.