4/16/2014 - Drug Ads Gallery, 1800s-2014 - Explore advertisements for drugs such as Hamlin's Wizard Oil (1890) for rheumatism, Bulgarian Herb Tea (1928) to prevent the flu, Andrews Liver Salt (1947) for "inner cleanliness," Miltown (1968) for "battered parent syndrome," Prolixin (1982) for drug compliance, and Provigil (2007) for shift work sleep disorder, as well as ads through the years for still-used drugs such as Ritalin and Thorazine.
4/4/2014 - Top Pro & Con Quotes: Should Prescription Drugs Be Advertised Directly to Consumers? - Read quotes on this debate from Pfizer (now Pro, formerly Con), the American College of Physicians (Con), as well as other drug companies, professors, doctors, and experts in this field.
UPDATED - Should prescription drugs be advertised directly to consumers? - The United States is one of two countries where direct-to-consumer (DTC) advertising of prescription drugs is legal. Proponents of DTC prescription drug ads say that the ads inform patients about diseases and possible treatments, encourage people to seek medical advice, and help remove stigmas associated with medical conditions. Opponents say that DTC drug ads misinform patients, stigmatize normal conditions and bodily functions like wrinkles and low testosterone, and have led to our society’s overuse of prescription drugs.
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