Dec 292008
 

As we come to the final stretch of 2008, plagued as we are with the usual collection of horrors–Gaza burning, Tennessee buried in toxic ash, women and children being raped and killed in the Congo, and on and on, I’m sure y’all were just as relieved as I was to know that the FDA is considering approval of a glaucoma drug for eyelash enhancement, an idiocy I would have previously thought would be confined to the cable shopping networks.

“Federal regulators on Wednesday said a glaucoma drug from Allergan appears to make eyelashes longer and fuller, and experts soon will assess the safety of that new use.”

No word on any plans to regulate the thousands of cosmetics already on the market that contain toxic ingredients for safety but we sure the hell hope they read the drug insert on this one regarding possible side effects:

“Blindness; blurred or decreased vision; change in color vision; color changes in skin around eyes; difficulty seeing at night; eye color changes; fever or chills; lack or loss of strength; redness, burning, dry or itching eyes; redness, pain, swelling of eye, eyelid, or inner lining of eyelid.”

Yes indeed, you read that correctly, as long as you don’t mind losing your sight, you too can have lucious lashes in yet another fine example of the pharmaceutical companies robbing us, literally, blind.

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 December 29, 2008  Posted by on December 29, 2008

  3 Responses to “Beyond Mascara–FDA Considers Approving Drug (That May Blind You) For Eyelash Enhancement”

  1. Wow. Not surprising to me, considering all that has come before, but still breathtaking in its exploitative stupidity.

  2. My understanding is that glaucoma drugs regulate the pressure inside the eye? I may be totally wrong about that, but it would seem rather dangerous to regulate the pressure in a health eye just for the sake of thicker lashes.

  3. [...] Don’t Blink: Via Feminist Peace Network: “As we come to the final stretch of 2008, plagued as we are with the usual collection of horrors–Gaza burning, Tennessee buried in toxic ash, women and children being raped and killed in the Congo, and on and on, I’m sure y’all were just as relieved as I was to know that the FDA is considering approval of a glaucoma drug for eyelash enhancement, an idiocy I would have previously thought would be confined to the cable shopping networks.” [...]

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