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figaro 08-19-2007 10:16 AM

Prescription drug ads
I am watching CBS Sunday Morning and they just ran a part on prescription drug ads. In it they said that there is only one other country (New Zealand) where these commercials are allowed, the rest of the world, the commercials are illegal. Every time my in laws come to visit from The Netherlands, they are surprised by the amount of drug commercials they see. I am surprised too, my thoughts on this was if you needed whatever medication they are selling, shouldn't your doctor know this? They even showed a guy who is taking about 12 pills every day, some he does need and others he doesn't need at all? Why? Does he think that taking pills for something he does not have will prevent him from getting whatever the pill is made for?:?? And it sounds like he has a ethical doctor too.

They even showed a company who was paid by a drug company to make up a name for a new medication they made? And if I am correct, some of the names were just other names for arthritis?

My husband from Holland, whenever he gets a headache, I ask him if he wants to take something for it and the answer is no 90% of the time. And the only reason he takes prescription meds now is because he has T2 Diabetes. He doesn't even like to take a vitamin!

And I think that the cost of the drugs would not be so high if they did not pay ad companies to come up with new names for current syndromes and stopped with all the commercials.:wall:

cheesiesmom 08-19-2007 12:14 PM

I watched the same segment; it's a rerun actually. I feel the same way. I think the drug companies "invent" conditions so they can sell the stuff they develop. Maybe it's a legit condition, but restless legs? Robert Klein was 30 years ahead of himself. (Can't stop my leg.)

There's a number of conditions/diseases which drug companies should be researching including the various myositis conditions and other auto-immune diseases. (The variety I have is, thus far, untreatable.) But apparently it's more financially beneficial and easier to develop and sell stuff for ED and RLS than to worry about real (I know, they may be real) medical problems.

Besides, while I don't want to sound prudish and old-fashioned, I think it's distasteful to be running all these ads at times when kids might be watching TV. We always encouraged our children to watch the evening news. But geez, the number of cialis comm'ls and the new singing viagra comm'l, not to mention all the talk of bloody stool and vomiting, during that hour would make me turn off the set if I had pre-teens.

I really think the government should step in, step up, join the rest of the world and stop all this type of drug advertising.

And for what it's worth, I think the guy taking all the 'scripts is a hypochondriac and his doctor should stop being an enabler.

I will now vacate the soapbox for other points of view.


angel4ever 08-19-2007 12:46 PM

As a young woman I have to say that the amount of advertisements for presrciption drugs is absolutely ridiculous. (Although I do find one of the enzyte commercials to be a tad humorous, lol).

At any rate, it seems as though the drug companies have become your "local drug pusher" except they can peddle drugs legally. I mean seriously, do we need a drug for restless leg syndrome? What is that anyway? (I don't mean to insult anyone that is actually suffering from it) But why all of a sudden is there a drug for it now? And what about this bc pill that allows you to have only 4 periods a year. I mean it will definitely save money having to spend for sanitary products, but do we need to see these ads every 10 minutes? I think the government is trying to make us become hypochondriacs...

Jess_knit 08-19-2007 12:49 PM

Restless legs syndrome is an actual condition, though I'm not sure how effective the medication is for it. It's named for what it is - an irresistable urge to move your legs. It gets worse at night, and can lead to sleep deprivation.

I usually scoff at drug commercials. There was one, the one that talks about a vaccine for cervical cancer, that I thought wasn't worthless. But the ones for viagra and others make me laugh. I mean, is there anybody now who doesn't know what that pill does? Do they really need to keep advertising it?


Sara 08-19-2007 12:50 PM

I agree that the amount of money spent on drug ads in this country is ridiculous. I wish that I had never seen a commercial for "ED". :ick: Now I have to fend off questions from my 7 year old as to why people take baths OUTSIDE and why do they have TWO bathtubs?:doh::teehee:

However, RLS is a legitimate medical condition. Some of our friends here on the forum do suffer from it. As I understand, it's a neurological disorder. I know that no harm was meant, I just wanted to clear that up.:hug:

angel4ever 08-19-2007 12:56 PM

^^Again, I didn't mean to offend anyone who actually suffers from restless leg syndrome. If I have offended anyone, I deeply apologize...:hug:

It just seems that there is a new drug being advertised on a daily basis for anything and everything

Jan in CA 08-19-2007 01:07 PM


Originally Posted by Sara (Post 938416)
I agree that the amount of money spent on drug ads in this country is ridiculous. I wish that I had never seen a commercial for "ED". :ick:

Ugh, I can't agree more! I am so sick of ED commercials! In this case I guess it has brought the condition into the open so men who suffer from it won't feel alone, but seriously the number of commercials is insane!!

stitchwitch 08-19-2007 01:11 PM

It's a big circle: Doctors get rich off of people visiting them, they need to prescribe drugs so people have to come back over and over for the prescription and another prescription to cure the side effects of the first prescription and on and on and on. Big pharma makes money off of the docs and the insurance companies.
The thing that irks me to no end is the over use of antibiotics but that's another story and follows the whole doctors need to look useful so they prescribe stuff people don't necessarily need so the patients get the "feel good" idea that visiting their doctor is helping them when in reality those antibiotics he or she just prescribed for you won't cure that viral infection you've had for two days. They aren't going to tell you that because next time you get sick you'll stay home, drink fluids and rest instead of dropping some change on an office visit.

zazzu 08-19-2007 01:41 PM


The thing that irks me to no end is the over use of antibiotics...

Absolutely. Over a course of a few years, and several different doctors, I was put on antibiotics regularly to combat sinus infections. Finally, I'd had enough and did my own research on the internet and found my own cure....Vitamin C. Lots and LOTS of it. I haven't had a sinus infection since (it's been over six years now).

Why didn't even one doctor suggest I purchase a ten-dollar bottle of Vitamin C rather than put me on antibiotics over and over? :grrr:

I think we know the :mad:

kellyh57 08-19-2007 02:30 PM

My grandma is one of the people that takes a gazillion drugs because she HAS every condition advertised on TV. (Well, at least she thinks she does.) Ugh. Talk about emptying out Medicare's funds!

The ones I hate are the bladder control ones. Yes, I pee more than 8 times a day, but I drink 73 gallons of water a day and I have a baby that thinks my bladder is a punching bag! Every time they start talking about it I HAVE to go to the bathroom. And, MUST they show a "bladder" exploding? Yuck.

I just love listening to the "fine print." They spend 3/4 of the commercial listing all the warnings. What a great use of time!

It reminds me of that old joke with the little boy that goes to the drugstore and has saved up all his money to get tampons so he can go swimming, horseback riding, etc.


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