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 • used in medicine for their therapeutic benefits have unwanted,
 unintended, sometimes adverse effects®
 5. In medical treatment "safety '_ is a relative
 term. A drug deemed "safe _ for use in treating a life-
 threatening disease might be "unsafe" if prescribed to a
 patient with a minor ailment. The concept of drug "safety _ is
 relatfve, and safety is measured against the consequences a
 patient would confront in the absence of therapy. In simple
 terms, do a drug's benefits outweight its potential risks and
 the risks of permitting the disease to progress?
 6. What then does "safe for use under medical
 supervision n mean in the context of glaucoma therapy?
 7 _. Glaucoma, untreated, progressively destroys the

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