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Should Prescription Drugs Be Advertised Directly to Consumers?

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  • +5 +23 -18 Jen Jul. 16, 2013
    "Consumers deserve to be informed about products which are available and if the number of prescriptions being given increases, that is certainly not the objective. The hope is that the more consumers are informed, the more educated they will be on them; I was put on OxyContin by my Doctor in 2009 and within three short months I was addicted so badly (she had my dose at the daily max--240mg) that it took me THREE YEARS to get off of opiates. If I had known about the addiction factor and why it's addictive as well as how difficult it is to get off of, I would NEVER have put those damned pills in my mouth!"
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    • -1 +1 -2 Ima Jester Aug. 10, 2013
      "I agree that oxycontin is the worst at leading to major addiction and that it's nearly impossible to get off of without getting on methadone. I was oxycontin only a few months as well and i am now on methadone for going on TEN years. I was not informed by my physician just how addictive it is. I wish I had been better informed. DTC ads is the most effective way."
  • +3 +7 -4 RONALD ZOLL Jul. 27, 2014
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  • +2 +5 -3 I am PRO Aug. 31, 2017
    "Much more complex issue than it seems.
    1) Insurance companies that cover prescriptions decide which drugs get preferential treatment. If a new, but promising drug comes out, it needs to be requested enough and prescribed, so insurance companies show preference. Just think about it...
    2) Anyone who thinks that there is a conspiracy with all non-government agencies dancing together with big pharma, don't know what they are talking about. DTC advertising is SO regulated, every word/image/tone is scrutinized and changed to the safest possible ad! There is no brain-washing or deploying magic tricks.. it is an education. Look into food industry ads for brain washing.
    3) New meds cost money, billions. The faster big pharma can recoup the losses of R&D, the faster it can invest into a new drug development.
    4) AIDS/HIV - due to 'bad' big pharma, people don't die from this disease anymore, and able to live normal lives. However, millions of people are contract HIV each year (opioids epidemic) and go undiagnosed. Pharma ads at least educate people to get help!
    5) Hep C - now can be fully cured due to 'bad' big pharma. But a lot of baby boomers don't know they even have it... Pharma ads at least educate to go get a check up"
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  • +2 +6 -4 Catherine Mar. 27, 2015
    "You never know when a sick person is in need of a specific kind of medicine (or drug)"
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  • 0 +1 -1 Iplayminecraft Nov. 15, 2017
    "But wait, they should just not speed talk their way through the bad side affects and it wont be taken off the market, right?"
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  • -1 0 -1 Ed S. Dec. 12, 2017
    "Any information is good information. Don't be suckered into believing it is true. It is better that Big Pharma reveal as much information to us as possible and show themselves for what they are. Be informed and make an intelligent decision. If your physician is in the pharmaceutical pocket tell him so and find someone who cares about your wellbeing. They are out there."
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  • -3 +1 -4 Billy Mar. 24, 2016
    "Drug companies would go out of buisness if they didn't advertise."
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  • -4 +9 -13 Debugmast3r Feb. 27, 2012
    "well yes and no I would say.. Not everyone deserves something that useful it could be chaotic. Although a few rare ads should be there to avoid illegal drug abuse like prescripted AMP instead of snorting dirty Cocaine which only brings loss, right ?"
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  • -5 +8 -13 Brett Jan. 15, 2014
    "Because it makes it easier for people to get what they need without needing a Doctor call it in for you."
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  • -5 +9 -14 Andrew Dec. 4, 2013
    "Drugs are good for our nation and benefit our people from being sick"
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  • -5 +13 -18 Mary H. Moore Apr. 29, 2011
    "Yes, I think they should. Sometimes doctors prescribe medicines but do not read all of the information about side effects that patients should be aware of. Patients should be active in reading all they can about their own medicines, because they could be really hurting themselves and not know it, neither does the doctor (because nobody has read everything there is in all the information that comes with a packaged medicine).

    For example, my doctor had me on medication that enhanced my appetite, yet I was also put on a strict diet. She shared with me that she did not know that and just did not have time to read everything. When we realized by my reading the whole thing, that several medications were making me hungry or impeding my weight loss program, my doctor understood why I didn't necessarily lose weight like she initially thought I would. I believe that is why they don't have such a strict stance about my weight loss/gain anymore, although it is very high on my list, so of course I don't mean that we are careless about it."
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    • +4 +4 0 patsy handy May. 2, 2011
      "Yes in today's time, Drs' have patients in rapidly, don't have the time to read all of the side effects. But now when the pharmacy fills a script, they put that info in the bag. It behooves the patient to read all the info. that came with the medication."
    • -1 0 -1 D Jun. 16, 2012
      "With all due respect. I can not follow the rapidly spoken "may cause etc, etc, etc side effects" statements in drug ads.
      The medium we are using now provides the information we need.

      Not ads simply trying to SELL us DRUGS."
  • -5 +14 -19 John Apr. 27, 2011
    "I do favor the advertisement of both the availability and possible side-effects of prescription drugs. The information in these commercials at the very least give the concerned consumer a place to start intelligent discussions with their doctor, and the side-effects, while alarming in some cases, are a necessary part of adequate consumer decision-making."
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    • -1 0 -1 Paula Aug. 10, 2011
      "Ever notice how fast they tell you the side effects, and if you can hear them, which most elderly people probably cannot, you wouldn't take the stuff in the first place. This is costing the people money that could better be used to reduce the price of the prescription drugs. You should not have to choose between food and drugs."
  • -6 +5 -11 Jan Ryan Jan. 20, 2014
    "I think it's great, otherwise how is the average person to know when there is a new medicine which might help us, our doctors can't keep up with them. I personally have asked mine about several new drugs over the years, that he knew nothing about, as an American citizen, I feel it's our right to keep informed of new drugs, after all it's our bodies and our decisions."
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  • -8 +7 -15 lena Sep. 11, 2012
    "if you have stocks in the drug companys you my be able to live off your dividens. For some without insurance that self medicate this is there only way o treat them selve. and have to pay high doctors fees."
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  • -11 +11 -22 jeffrey Hill Apr. 29, 2011
    "Yes it will educate theaudience and notifies our doctor if we have permission to tkae a certain drup. I have gout and I was on alurpurinol and once they advertised uloric for people with gout I called my doctor right away to see if I can switch and felt beter ever since."
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    • +1 +1 0 MichaelL Apr. 16, 2014
      "he Uloric coast many times what the allopurinol does. Both are xanthine oxidase inhibitors. It may have been as simple as changing the dose of the allopurinol. But, the doctors don't care about prescription cost and do care about losing patients. It is all about the money! Believe me. Been there, done that! Except the money was less important to me than the best patient outcome at the lowest cost."
    • +1 +1 0 Lea Jan. 13, 2012
      "Same thing happened to my uncle, though it was a different condition and different drug. Now his newer drug is one of the ones that are in class action suits for undisclosed side effects - cancer to be specific."
  • -16 +10 -26 Jeff Kozloff Apr. 27, 2011
    "Discussions of DTC advertising occur infrequently during physician-patient office conversations (only 3% of the time). However, when discussed, DTC plays an important and often positive role by helping physicians describe and gain patient buy-in to treatments that the physician him/herself has determined to be appropriate."
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    • 0 +1 -1 d Jun. 16, 2012
      "Very true.

      Drug company pressures Dr to prescribe drugs with ads.

      People see drug ads. Talk to Dr. buy drugs.

      That's the problem. Drugs taken just because they are most profitable.... the one & only reason the Drs are pressured & the reason they are on Ads... $$$$$.

      So you are very correct Big Pharma is smart their system works."

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  • +70 +77 -7 Aidan Smith Nov. 26, 2013
    "Most of the commercial is spent talking about how to medicine helps, and then the narrator speeds through the side effects and bad things associated with the product. That proves they are just out to make money."
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    • 0 0 0 Pablo Nov. 15, 2017
      "And they can be selling you heroin"
    • 0 0 0 Clark Jul. 21, 2017
      "Agree! I think drugs should be advertised to doctors only.
      That's what doctors do. Why clutter up TV with these commercials to the general public? I know TV does not need this to make money or survive."
  • +44 +55 -11 tom Sep. 4, 2011
    "Does your index finger twitch uncontrollably? You may have TFS - Twitching Finger Syndrome. If you suspect having TFS ask your doctor about Digitwiddle. If when taking Digitwiddle you have heart palpitations, shortness of breath, thoughts of suicide, develop an aversion to humans in general, or die, what the hell, we don't really care. But tell you doctor (BPP - Big Pharma puppet) anyway so he can prescribe several other things that will keep you sick indefinately and fuel our multi-trillion dollar cult."
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    • 0 0 0 CP Jun. 10, 2014
      "Love it! What more needs to be said?"
    • -3 0 -3 shirley Just Feb. 8, 2013
      "We as a nation do suffer from hypochondria"
  • +29 +44 -15 Jeff Apr. 27, 2011
    "The television commercials that advertise antidepressant medications directly to the public are doing a major public disservice. The widespread and exponentially growing occurrence of depression in our society is a natural response to the alienation that a fast paced modern technological lifestyle is engendering.

    Imperial wars, global warming, social violence, pollution, and the economic rat race are just a few of the depressing things we all deal with day to day. But the drug companies would have us believe that these things are not what are depressing us. They would have us believe it is our own minds that are faulty. Just pop a pill and it will all go away. You will become a happy well adjusted citizen once again. It is a lie... their mind control drugs will not make you happy."
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    • +1 +1 0 Beth Apr. 6, 2014
      "Antidepressant medications are being overused and misused to try to help people deal with the ups and downs which are life - not medical conditions. Furthermore, many of these drugs have not proven to be effective on any but the most severe cases of depression, and then only for a short time of approximately 6 weeks. Beyond that, depression has gone from a transient illness in most people to a chronic, debilitating condition for many - and it includes violence now, whereas it seldom did when it was studied in the 1950s. See _Anatomy of an Epidemic_ by Robert Whitaker."
  • +19 +26 -7 Ann Jan. 13, 2012
    "If the advertisements were meant as a public service they wouldn't pay to have them on TV, there would be a web site dedicated to the dispersal of medication information, especially information on new and minimally tested medications. All the ads could run with links that went directly to the companies so patients could ask questions. Only people who wanted to see them would. But it's not meant as a public service, they are meant to increase revenue."
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    • +1 +1 0 Shirley Just Feb. 8, 2013
      "Well, we are living in the Green generation and it has nothing to do we saving the planet, money is the driver of this generation"
  • +14 +21 -7 Lea Neeson Jan. 12, 2012
    "1. The purpose of advertisement of products is to sell them. Medications shouldn't be in that class. Doctors should be educated directly by the drug companies and then they should make decisions as to which drugs they trust and wish to prescribe.
    2. The reason companies of any type pay for advertisements is that they do increase sales by persuasive suggestion to public. Viewers are programmed to want, like, be attracted, desire, or "need" items. This is a multimillion dollar industry (both are actually.) Neither drug companies nor advertising companies waste the money on useless advertisements that don't work and don't attract customers (either patients or drug companies needing advertisements.) Being bombarded with these advertisements is dangerous. It's one thing to be enticed to eat twinkies and another to be enticed to these drugs.
    3. When I watch TV I do so to have fun, not be depressed and reminded to be sick in every imaginable way.
    4. I suppose that the drug companies have a right to advertise their wares, but treat it like cigarette ads - only print ads. Ads I had to buy to see. Ads in publications targeted at certain groups - not a drag net including all viewers in all age groups."
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    • 0 0 0 Fed Up With Insanity Nov. 14, 2015
      "The problem is the docs come out of school and hit the road running. The drug companies send their little sales reps with their samples and "scripted sales pitch" (the rep knows nothing except what the drug company TELLS them to say. He's shown up in the docs office 3 days straight now, doc has 5 extra minutes, rep gives his "scripted pitch"--doc says, OK I've got a lady in Rm 3 with these symptoms, give me the samples--we'll try them. Problem is--neither the MD NOR the SALES rep know ANYTHING other than what Big Pharma has decided to tell them---and they are admittedly out to make money--big money--and the poor lady in Room 3 is the guinea pig!"
  • +10 +12 -2 S. Nim Feb. 21, 2014
    "I absolutely loathe drug ads. No layman is qualified to determine what drug they should be taking. Only in conjunction with their doctor should medical decisions should be made. The lifting of the ban on drug advertising is by far one of the worst laws of the past 20 years."
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  • +10 +14 -4 Marcia Aug. 11, 2012
    "This country has become completely oblivious to the requirements of nutrition, exercise, adequate sleep, sunshine and fresh air and water, as the basic requirements of a healthy mind and body.
    After years of nutritional deficiency and the resulting chronic disease results, we go running for a quick fix via drugs and there is no such thing.
    The Pharmaceutical Industry owns the FDA, DEA, CDC and most other health related acronyms.
    The public is comatose to the reality of this massive brainwashing and the constant bombardment of influence through the media, with these commercials is anything but educational. It only exasperates the already huge problems of addiction, chronic disease, disability and mental illness, much of it actually created from neurotransmitter depletion, by the drugs themselves."
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    • 0 0 0 CP Jun. 10, 2014
      "I totally agree with your comments. Thanks"
  • +9 +16 -7 Paula Aug. 10, 2011
    "The money they spend on these non-stop commercials, could be used instead for research and development. Many older seniors, on Medicare part D, will take anything if they see it advertised. Prescription meds should only be recommended by the Doctor and not the pharm companies."
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    • 0 0 0 Shirley Just Feb. 8, 2013
      "I live in a retirement community and I see how many companys come here to inform the residents on just how many doctors medicare will pay for, the average is 8, and each doctor writes prescriptions and they end up takeing 5 to 15 different drugs"
  • +8 +12 -4 Thomas Pisarchick Oct. 25, 2011
    "Here is a petition on the White House's website to ban these advertisements. The petition only needs 25,000 signature in a month to be reviewed by the administration.!/petition/ban-prescription-drug-advertisements/wZzLbg2R"
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    • 0 0 0 shirley just Feb. 8, 2013
      "I am going to sign that petition. Thanks for the info"
  • +5 +7 -2 Patty Mar. 29, 2012
    "I do not think drug advertising should be allowed. It causes too many people to ask their doctors for new medicines when, in most cases, an older, cheaper drug would usually be just as effective, and in some cases even better than the new one requested. We spend way too much money on drugs, that could be better spent, thereby making the drug companies rich. If the drug companies didn't spend so much on advertising, the drugs might be more affordable. There are too many similar drugs from competing drug manufacturers; all they have to do is include a different ingredient and claim a different result, and here comes another new drug, with a new name, for the same condition as the five or six (or ten or twelve) already on the market."
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    • +1 +1 0 MichaelL Apr. 16, 2014
      "You are correct. As a physician, I know OTC Prilosec is cheaper than prescription Nexium. The cheaper medication works fine, and now that I get omperazole cheaper in prescription, I always ask for the cheaper effective drug. The Nexium was made so the patent problem with Prilosec could be overcome. It was all about the money. So was Uloric over allopurinol. The older, less profitable drug could be phased out. It did not work with omeprazole (generic Prilosec)"
  • +3 +13 -10 Pharma kills Apr. 30, 2011
    "From my experience doctors are very good at prescribing useless to harmful drugs in favor of big pharma. They don't need further assistance by bombarding our airwaves with wishful thinking for desperate people."
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  • +2 +2 0 KADEN Nov. 15, 2017
    "Drugs should just be sold through doctors because a drug company could sell you Heroin or Marijuana"
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    • 0 0 0 Bob Nov. 16, 2017
  • +2 +7 -5 mark Jan. 6, 2012
    "maralbaro ads, alcohol , have been excluded. and those two are likely safer than prescription drugs,
    as its not sure how the drug actually works.
    and thoughts of suicide dont happen when i smoke a cig. or drink a beer.
    BAN THEM>"
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  • +1 +1 0 Oof Nov. 16, 2017
    "Whats the cure for diseases? More of it and drugs. Why always drugs. And why do the people talk so fast like in the Humara ad they fly through the bad side affects?"
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  • +1 +3 -2 Maxine Nov. 18, 2015
    "I agree with every point. They find a compound and then have to create a disease in order to get some benefit from their research. Many drugs that are on the market today such as low T, and thin eyelashes. Really! If all the money spent on advertising was redirected to lowering prices I wonder what would be the impact."
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  • +1 +5 -4 crosby stills Mar. 5, 2014
    "pharm companies are slowly trying to drain us of our money and kill us."
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  • +1 +6 -5 jo butters Apr. 27, 2012
    "The U.S. is the only country in the world that allows prescription drug ads on television or radio. Our country runs on fear. and illness, real or imagined, is the fear that hits closest to home. It's the one fear that we feel we can control if we just talk to our doctor. Whats this doc, whats this; and take our meds.
    My mother never went to a doctor in her life other than to birth her children and lived to be eighty-seven without benefit of prescription drugs. My father wouldn't even take an aspirin.
    This is an alarming trend in our country. That we truely believe that there is something wrong with our heath, turns our minds from the real issues about our government and our world.
    Where is the backbone of the American people; our independence, our bravery in the face of adversity.
    We need to stand up, put down the pills, and start being strong in a way that makes our bodies and our country strong.
    Thank You"
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  • +1 +6 -5 Christine Nov. 30, 2011
    "I think that most consumers trust what is said in advertising without realizing how misleading the language can be. When it comes to prescription drugs, this could be a matter of life and death. Physicians and biomedical scientists study for many years to have the knowledge necessary to make a judgement about which medications are safe. They are not God, but they do have the benefit of extensive study behind their decisions. Consumers don't have the education to make wise decisions, and yet can go online or to other countries and buy drugs that have been advertised in the USA--believing that what is presented in the advertisement is enough information to go on. DTCA in the USA does not only effect US citizens--it spreads information beyond borders where drugs are not as regulated. I wonder if any research has been done on drugs chosen because of ads in the USA, but obtained without a doctor's advice in another country--and how many deaths or injuries have occurred. Of course it would be difficult to get any accurate data because the victims probably can't speak for themselves anymore."
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  • +1 +10 -9 Sonia Apr. 30, 2011
    "I agree with Dale. The advertrisements are very expensive and continually blasted on every network. The cost therein is passed onto the consumer and the insurance cartel. The pumped up sales revenue goes to top execs and shareholders. There is nothing about this advertising that has anything to do with the well-being of the public."
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  • +1 +11 -10 ken walker Apr. 29, 2011
    "most doctors receive samples of medications. if there is a need for these medications, doctors should provide the prescriptions for the meds. they should be tailored for the patients. Patients should not recommend to doctors the need for medication."
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    • 0 0 0 shirley just Feb. 8, 2013
      "Because I have a car, I use it to take my neighbors to there doctors, I find doctors no longer give out samples of medication, they are forced in to paying for atleast 30 pills. If they have a reaction to it, they need to spend money for something else"
  • 0 +1 -1 J. Birdsong Dec. 30, 2015
    "What about "medical cannabis" ? I think that a lot of officials stand to make a lot of money selling dope to a lot of dopes!"
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  • 0 +6 -6 Ron Apr. 27, 2011
    "It seems wrong to allow companies to manipulate our views on something as vital as our health. Besides, the costs of those ads get passed along to us. I sure as hell don't want to pay extra just so I can be 'educated' about Viagra or Cialis and then feel compelled to buy it through my doctor/drug dealer. It's illegal in every damn country on Earth (except the US and New Zealand - which by the way does not even have prescription drugs) for a good reason."
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  • -1 0 -1 Todd Dec. 21, 2016
    "I have Crohns disease and I've "asked my doctor" about several drugs, got many. None did anything but provide revenue to drug companies. Got on a bike 3 years ago and now ride 120+ miles a week. No drugs, no therapy, complete remission for 3 years. Not only are the ads BS, so is a lot of the snake oil they're hocking."
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  • -1 0 -1 GK Mackey Sep. 28, 2016
    "Pharmaceutical companies used to blame high prescription costs on R&D(a ruse) and get your hands on any pharmaceutical company's annual report and you will see they all spend double what they spend on R&D on marketing. Television commercials account for the lion's share of these marketing costs. It is immoral and should be criminal(illegal) They are no better than Martin Shkreli or Heather Bresch and that bunch of evil minions at Mylan."
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  • -1 +2 -3 Brandon Jan. 21, 2015
    "This is obvious, NO..these ads are ridiculous in the sense that they show a perfect life after use in most cases with a shotty warning told by a narrator.Companies should not do this, why not let the doctor do the explaining!"
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  • -1 +1 -2 Jim T. Nov. 3, 2014
    "Aside from the fact that I can't stand to see these commercials anymore, they contribute to the nationwide issue out-of-control drugs and healthcare. We have people giving up food in order to get their life saving drugs and, even at that, many go without. These are the same drugs that can be purchased for far less in other countries. A travesty! TV commercials are expensive and ALL OF US are paying for them through highly inflated drugs costs. It's time to reign in this type of advertising and reduce some of the corporate greed. They can use many other forms of advertising, but spending for TV should stopped and some or all of that money given back to the people in the form of price reductions."
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  • -1 +2 -3 Karen M Aug. 23, 2014
    "I am astounded whenever I view these commercials, that the U.S. allows DTC ads! My immediate thought: HOW is this legal? The general public is not educated in this realm to make these kind of decisions/choices. It's SO obvious why "Big Pharm" markets this way. The statistics show that patients are demanding these prescriptions and Doctors are put in a very difficult position if they refuse. The advertising IS deceptive, no matter the argument to the contrary. Point in case: I often ask friends to close their eyes and listen during these ads. Based on hearing alone, they said they would not consider taking the drug. Conversely, I mute the TV and ask them only to watch the commercial. Based on what they saw, they thought it was advertising exotic travel, dating, etc. The deception lays in the appeal to the eyes. The human eye is an important channel of communication to the mind, strongly influencing the emotions and actions. It's glaringly clear that these ads are designed to seduce viewers into hoping their lives will be exciting, exotic, romantic, in a happy relationship with a good looking partner if they could only take this drug. If it isn't meant as a deception, why is it packaged that way? Shame on us and shame on the FDA!"
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  • -1 +2 -3 Angela May. 19, 2014
    "Those in favor of DTC marketing of drugs discuss the benefit of availability of information as a rationale. Remember that what you're seeing on TV is a COMMERCIAL, created by a drug company, not full and accurate information about all the factors related to a particular health issue. And that drug company has one main goal, to sell sell sell. We don't assume that a fast food advertisement gives us complete information about the good and bad points of eating that 2500 calorie hamburger. So why would anyone assume the drug ads really provide useful information? Is a drug company going to advertise that perhaps a diet change could eliminate the 'need' for a drug? I doubt it."
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  • -1 +3 -4 Adam Apr. 4, 2014
    "If it's sold over the counter i feel more comfortable with it. However, if it's something you need a prescription for it just seems as if drug companies are trying to create demand for a potentially dangerous product without heed to responsible advertising principles. It's all a money game with laughable oversight by government agencies that profit from the status quo."
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  • -1 +5 -6 JLH Mar. 28, 2013
    "Direct advertising of prescription medications is at best a waste of money and at worst dangerous/irresponsible. Funds used for advertising could be channeled into making drugs more affordable. And we're in the information age--if people want to find information on potential treatments for their ailments, it's easy enough to do without relying on ads. Far too many people are swayed to make poor decisions, demand meds they don't need, or worse by the omnipresence of drug ads. I believe the pharmaceutical industry should be held accountable for the ratio of direct ad costs versus patient assistance and education. I'm one of countless people who cannot afford a medication I need (Humira) and I believe strongly that bloated ad costs are part of why it's beyond my means. Had I been able to afford it ten years ago, it may have prevented my disability, and now it could be the only chance I have to prevent permanent loss of function. I hate to think that advertising can be even a small factor in whether or not I can walk... not that I like the idea of taking Humira, but it's my only shot at this point. Meanwhile, people with far less need who can afford the drug demand it when less costly measures could be equally or more beneficial."
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  • -1 +5 -6 David Gelperin Mar. 22, 2013
    ""In the US, these ads are regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to ensure that they are not false or misleading."

    This statement is false and misleading. The FDA regulation process is grossly inadequate. Non-statistical research suggests that about 50% of prescription drug ads are violative. The FDA only detects a tiny percentage of these violations.

    It should be clearly understood that ad content is basically "unregulated" in practice."
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  • -1 +4 -5 Clint Sep. 12, 2012
    "My opinion on this is No. One of the simplest reasons is that the idea of prescription drugs is that it must be determined by a professional medical practitioner to guarantee quality of treatment. If it was believed by the medical community that such drugs weren't of concern where the average person could make good judgment for purchase and use then they would be over the counter (O.T.C.) instead; however, this isn't the case.

    By advertising directly to the consumer produces an angle where the consumer starts "playing doctor," which is more than being an advocate for their person health. The advertisement sells them a story instead of providing research on its use, benefits, side effects, etc. that always encourages the consumer to tell their doctor essentially to ask to be prescribed it. Even though the doctor is the one who has the ultimate decision and responsibility we've seen that in every other profession that pressure by the consumer causes many to give in because they want to provide good "customer service" and meet what the person wants in order to maintain a strong public reputation. Some say their clients are so adamant that "no" isn't an answer that will be accepted. The influence by ads creates bad practice."
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  • -1 +5 -6 L Sep. 10, 2012
    "I believe that while the consumer is allegedly responsible for their own decisions that the advertisement of prescription drugs should not be advertised directly to consumers. The ads are intended to increase revenue; they are not for our better health. They provide limited education about the product. If you want to be educated about a new drug, ask your doctor, research it yourself, or ask the company that manufactures it. What would help is if ”the existing rules governing drug ads were properly enforced, then patients could become better informed (Julie M. Donohue – assistant professor in the Graduate School of Public Health).” The decision to allow these drugs to be prescribed should reside in the doctor. Most people are more inclined to believe their doctors though so it’s better to go with that. Hopefully you have a knowledgeable doctor that you can trust to inform you of the risks and benefits of "new and older generic-unadvertised medications (Jerry Avorn - internist and professor of medicine at Harvard).""
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  • -1 +4 -5 Elle Sep. 10, 2012
    "Advertisements about prescription drugs in the United States are supposedly regulated by the FDA to ensure that they are not misleading or false, however, I know for a fact that in most cases these advertisements are very misleading to consumers. They also usually leave the consumer only partially informed about the product or any proposed health issue they suggest the consumer may have. It is because they are advertisements – and ads are meant to steer a person in a certain direction, whatever direction is in the interest of those behind the ads. Despite the fact that a pro argument is that these ads will help in educating consumers about diseases and drugs, I feel if there is going to be advertisements for educational reasons, then they should not be put out by any entity that may have a financial interest in that drug being sold, which is usually not the case."
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  • -1 +4 -5 D Jun. 16, 2012
    "No, no, no. Drug ads not the whole reason but part of the following health care system that the WHO World Health Org rates: USA
    Quality overall: #72 just beating out Bhutan, Nicaragua, Iraq
    COST: #1 highest in the world... way ahead of everyone.

    Only 2 nations have ads. The other New Zealand ranks: 80 & 20... low quality... high cost.

    USA has 10 to 20% of it's people with no health insurance (they can not afford it). We do little prevent type health care, mostly wait then cut or pop the pills we see on the tube. The Germans spend half what we do, 100% are covered, no one ever goes bankrupt over Doc/Hosp bills & quality is excellent.

    Sadly nothing changes while Congress, executive branch & Supreme Court are owned by: in no particular order (sorry if I left someone out): 1. Big Oil 2. Big Pharma 3. Weapons makers 4. Insurance Co. 5. Banks 6. HMO lobby
    The internet covers any concern of available learning/info for those with heath issues. Type in symptoms & read, send/print to talk about with your Dr. If on meds. Type in "new meds/drugs/trial meds or drugs for xyz health issue". Fun this blog is running almost 10 to 1 againest ads. As long as Congress is owned they will continue!"
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  • -1 +4 -5 William Quinlvan Mar. 9, 2012
    "I have started a petition on that is directed to the FDA and Congress proposing that D-T-C pharma advertising once again become illegal in order to eliminate the negative effects these ads have on our health care costs and on the "take a pill for everything" disease centered mindset that drives our system as opposed to a health driven preventative approach."
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  • -1 +4 -5 Joe Feb. 14, 2012
    "As these drugs are dangerous, more danger comes when your DR. has a happy hand in writing the script. My partner had a complete work-over at VA and was told your healthy, however the Dr.sent him 4 prescriptions, why? He sent them down the toilet, good place for them, you wanna live long? Don't take prescription drugs."
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  • -1 +5 -6 Julie Courtney Jan. 1, 2012
    "I just despise seeing the mess on television. I don't see why they should allow cialis and viagra ads where kids can see it all the time. It makes me so mad."
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  • -1 +4 -5 Tom Powers Dec. 20, 2011
    "These ads create a demand for many "feel good" drugs. Anyone taking the time to actually read the potential side effects might not be demanding the prescription from their Doctor, who too often put aside that old Hippocratic oath for the perks that are dangled by the "Pharmacrooks".
    The effect on Medicare and Medicaid costs must be astronomical.
    I recently watched an ad for a skin care remedy which listed DEATH as a possibl "side efffect". What thinking person would risk death to cure the hearbreak of Psoriasis?"
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  • -1 +4 -5 William Swartz Dec. 12, 2011
    "Prescription drug prices are already at a criminally high level. Advertising them to the general public drives these prices even higher. If I cannot buy the product directly over the counter, then I should not have to see advertisements for it. The larcenous pharmaceutical companies should CEASE advertising their nostrums to the general public!"
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  • -1 +6 -7 Kay Vawter Oct. 7, 2011
    "Prescription Drug advertisements are turning our population into drug users at a tremendous cost to the health care system. Only health care providers should decided the proper and correct drug therapy if called for. Too many people see these ads and ask to be put on them. This is harmful to both people and raising health care costs enormously . It should be banned."
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  • -1 +5 -6 Marie Jun. 9, 2011
    "NO,NO,AND NO. I'm sicker today because of medications that were perscribed to me before they should have even been on T.V.They were not ready to even be sold to people,not enough reserch done on them.and I'm sicker because of the sick affects they had on me.And I can't work or get benifits and have nothing.
    Lyrica ,and Raglan being two of them.(makes it too easy for people to want the help to fast when sick"
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  • -1 +5 -6 Joseph Dunford May. 23, 2011
    "Prescription drugs should not be advertised directly to consumers. One of the reasons that they are under prescription is that they are potentially dangerous substances that must be controlled. By allowing companies to use powerful powers of persuasion, the government lets the industry circumvent this control: the company convinces the consumer that he or she needs the substance; once convinced, the consumer pressures the doctor to prescribe a product, medically needed or not."
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  • -1 +5 -6 Terr May. 9, 2011
    "I don't think that DTC marketing should be allowed. There are far too many people who see a commercial on TV, and decide that would help them. They have no idea of what the actual dis-ease is, just that the ad says that it will help.

    IMO, this is like the cereal manufacturer's who advertized on Saturday mornings. Because the cereal was advertized during a show that they really liked, they convinced their parents to buy to buy it for them.

    Doctors and Pharmacist's have extensive training in their field's and should be used. The Pharma is trying to do an end run around the medical professionanl's, and are trying to influence the end user. Just like the cereal company's did.

    There is a caveat to this, though. -I- am responsible for what goes into my body. The Dr's can only do so much. It is the patient's responsibility to learn what you are ingesting and what the side effects are.

    Finally, if you don't trust your Doctor, change Doctor's."
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  • -1 +7 -8 eda Apr. 30, 2011
    "of course no."
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  • -1 +9 -10 Ray Apr. 29, 2011
    "As a consumer I like to be informed of whatever products I may be purchasing. However, I believe prescription medicinesshould only be advertised to physicians, pharmacists and other certain healthcare professions. I say leave it up to the professional. If I need to know about the medication further I can look it up."
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  • -1 +7 -8 charles Apr. 29, 2011
    "By definintion, these substances must be prescribed by a physician. Direct advertising only serves to pressure the medical professional to write prescription in situations where life style change, OTC drugs or diet supplements would be more appropriate."
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  • -2 0 -2 joel p. Mar. 9, 2017
    "no they should not advertise to the public because to prescribe medication you need a licences. A consumer knows nothing about the affect of a medication in an explanation of side affects in these ads."
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  • -2 0 -2 Diana Apr. 15, 2016
    "The U.S. is one of only two countries that permit prescription drug advertising. Many of these ads are about "sexual disfunction" which allows children to see inappropriate material during regular viewing hours.
    Additionally, these ads encourage people to ask their doctors for medical intervention which is often not needed. The list of side effects often last longer than the ad itself. We should not allow this advertising in the United states. Obviously it is big business for the drug companies and the doctors who somehow overlook the list of side effects of these drugs."
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  • -2 +1 -3 denabrett Jun. 1, 2015
    "Consumer's rights and responsibilities about prescription drugs being advertised directly to them:

    Know your body, keep it as healthy as possible, fear no man, machine, or megacorp. Question everything that goes into your body, you are it. No one else can or should control you or your body or what you think. Question the doctor, the pharmacy, the ads.
    For my health; sun, air, water, sleep, exercise, education, and above all, Jesus Christ."
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  • -2 +1 -3 Gilly Apr. 16, 2015
    "Look, all that needs to be said if at all is the name of the drug,how it might help and ask your doctor.
    Not a lot of endless lists of side effects. I say get rid of all the ads, I've had enough."
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  • -2 +1 -3 Dottie Mar. 12, 2015
    "Is it ever mentioned how many people are killed by prescription drugs? The numbers are high. I believe it is a conflict of interest to advertise drugs. The FDA needs to lookout for the consumer. My own doctor has complained about these advertisements and how patients come in demanding the product. More needs to be done about these advertisements. They absolutely drive me crazy and have the opposite effect on me! I will not put that poison in my body."
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  • -3 0 -3 booooooooo Dec. 16, 2014
    "There are too many ads on TV and radio, it is annoying, not at all informative, cost the drug companies millions. Millions that can be used to find medications that actually do something useful, like halt cancer cells. Also the millions can be used to lower medication costs instead of raising them. Many of the ED ads are getting too racy during prime time TV that children watch. We have enough meds for ED which isn't a disease. Direct your money to useful medications."
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  • -3 0 -3 Sandra Grieves Aug. 11, 2014
    "NO, it just encourages the use of drugs and doctors LOVE to give out prescriptions. That is their money maker to keep people coming back to get refills. I also feel that it is absolutely disgusting that they advertise VIAGRA and other such drugs on prime time television anyway. There is no need for children to hear such garbage. Is there no morals in this world anymore??????"
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  • -3 0 -3 C. Kraut May. 15, 2014
    "I remember the day when a doctor told you what medicine to take, you did not tell your doctor. That is ridiculous plus having to listen to all the dozens of side affects is so annoying and I don't see why anyone would want to risk it, therefore I feel they only serve to encourage hypochondria!"
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  • -3 +3 -6 julia Sep. 12, 2012
    "I believe that prescription drugs advertised directly to consumers is a con because it normalizes taking drugs. I also think that the consumer lives under the "false pretense" that they know about the drugs advertised. Even with a disclaimer from the doctor on the advertisement, I still think that consumers think that they are informed and knowledgeable due to the advertisement."
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  • -3 +1 -4 Peter Felland May. 1, 2012
    "I think no, because people might buy the wrong drugs for them and then it makes them even more sick than they were before."
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  • -3 +3 -6 dj Sep. 30, 2011
    "NO!!!!!! the cost of advertiseing is making the cost os percriptions go sky high!!!!!"
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    • 0 0 0 Lea Jan. 13, 2012
      "I'd bet one of their arguments is that a larger market will bring down costs in the long run. But trying to create that market purposely is unethical when it depends on convincing people they are sick, will be sick and how to manifest it. It's no different in principal from what the cigarette companies did. One was chemical and the other psychological. Pharmaceutical companies should be treated like tobacco and cigarette companies."
  • -3 +4 -7 S. Richardson Jun. 23, 2011
    "I believe health care needs to be less corporate and pharmaceutical companies are too powerful, wealthy, and allowed to do unethical things in developing countries. Health care should not be 'for profit'."
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  • -3 +7 -10 Jody Mahoney Apr. 30, 2011
    "No!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! The cost of advertising is making the cost of presriptions go sky high........."
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    • +2 +2 0 KM May. 17, 2011
      "I don't think the cost of advertising is what is driving up the costs I think it's the fact that lots of these drugs take years and hundreds of millions of dollars to produce. On top of that, manufacturers only have a 20 year patent to recoup their $. When you factor in how long it takes for a drug to go to market it could be far less than 20 years."
  • -3 +6 -9 Randy Pearson Apr. 30, 2011
    "I thank that they should not be able to advertise directly to consumers. A lot of people thank they will have the disease that the prescription is for. That takes up a lot of time the doctors do not have to spare."
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  • -3 +5 -8 CJF Heyberger Apr. 29, 2011

    This promotes drug use,corrupts doctors, and increases Medicare expenses."
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    • -1 0 -1 eda Apr. 30, 2011
      "yes you are right"
  • -3 +8 -11 Dale Apr. 29, 2011
    "they are the SNAKE CHARMERS and Snake Oil barkers of a hundred years ago.
    Anything for a buck attitude whilst pretending to help us.
    greedy (results of unwed parents that they are)"
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  • -3 +8 -11 Loni Apr. 27, 2011
    "You have an informed presentation of both sides, more professional than others I've read. I'm biased on the con side, but I recognize that comes from personal experience with several people in my family/friends circle who have 'rubber stamp' doctors and a medicine cabinet full of the prescriptions that were marketed DTC. Like Pavlov's Dog, if they get the message enough times they come to believe it, and go running to the doctor with the symptoms they've been 'educated' to have."
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  • -3 +6 -9 Sandy Apr. 27, 2011
    "Advertisement of prescription drugs to the general public is like putting candy and snacks at eye level of the kids 'while waiting' so they will more then just encourage their parents to buy. Information regarding prescription drugs should not be coming from the patient but the doctor dispensing them. Truly, some doctors may prescribe these medications simply because of a whiny patient that thinks they need it!"
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  • -4 +1 -5 Beth Apr. 6, 2014
    "I do not own a television. Over the past decade or so, TV shows appear to be long infomercials for prescription drugs, interspersed with something that is or may be entertaining. The length of "hour" TV shows has decreased from about 50 minutes in the 1970s to about 42 minutes now.

    I also notice how casual discussions among non-medical people have changed. Whereas conversations were mainly about "whatever", interspersed with a few physical complaints, now everywhere you go people seem to mainly discuss what ails them, and what new med they're on. I don't engage in this, and more than once, someone I barely knew greeted me with, "So, how are you doing on your new meds?" Pardon me? Couldn't you have left out the prepositional phrase, and I'd tell you how I'm doing with community activities, classes, my job, my hobbies, what movies I've seen, etc. We've become a nation of hypochondriacs, while we bemoan the cost of health care!"
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  • -4 +1 -5 Speck Jan. 15, 2014
    "I am con because I feel advertising drugs leads to patients demanding inappropriate or unnecessarily expensive drug treatment and their physician's capitulating to retain them as patients. I also feel drug advertising inadvertently increases the abuse of prescription drugs by teenagers and young adults."
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  • -4 +2 -6 Barry Martin Oct. 2, 2013
    "Prescription meds should only be advertised to medical Doctors. Why advertise a product that can not be purchased under normal circumstances? Doctors are educated specifically for that. Those chemicals are too potent for the general public to determine their use. That's why the precription is needed. It has lead to rampant "diagnosis shopping". I'm sure that the push for meds hads lead to those "1-800-bad-drug" commercials too, further clogging our legal system."
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  • -4 +2 -6 Shirley Just Feb. 8, 2013
    "The mind is the most powerful tool we have, indoctrinate it long enough with the message we will need drug to live and it will produce the symptoms required to use drug. I had to learn to use the mute botton on my TV to tune it out, At age 70 I find no reason to use prescription drug, nor do I need over the counter drug"
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  • -4 +3 -7 Lexi Sep. 25, 2012
    "Of course no!"
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  • -4 +2 -6 Anthony Sep. 11, 2012
    "Because of the stance that the media has become over the years, with the "In Your Face" advertisements regarding quick fixes. Statements such as "Tired? Dishes piling up? Try this..." have become the norm. I believe you should have to research for medical aid. Not automatically take a pill and be 250% better. Medical aid could include physical therapy, exercise, nutrition, homeopathic aid, etc. The public needs to be educated before they become dependent on certain pill regimens."
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  • -4 +2 -6 Genii Sep. 10, 2012
    "I am going to say NO..I think it forces people to think they have something wrong with them when they really do not. I know there has been quite a few times when i thought I might have curtain symptoms and could benefit from a drug they were advertizing on the T.V. I am really thankful later that i did not go forward with my thoughts when I see that same drug in a law suit commercial later on down the road. Which by the way I am seeing a lot more almost as much as the commercials for prescription drugs."
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  • -4 +2 -6 Joann Aug. 11, 2012
    "Diagnose and prescribe in 30 seconds. Who needs medical school? Too much information and yet not enough You either trust your doctor or you don't, and if you don't you should find another doctor, not go in and demand that drug you saw at halftime on Sunday. Not to mention I don't want to explain erectile dysfunction ads to my ten year old. If there have to be ads in the interest of fre speech, at least keep them off radio and TV and limit them to print media where there's room for the fine print and you can keep it away from the kids."
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  • -4 +1 -5 Tim West Jun. 6, 2012
    "Who cares what the FDA says! Anyone ever hear of legal funk or synthetic cocaine that could be bought at head-shops, or smoke shops? This stuff was making people crazy as well as killing them. How does a product like this get into the market? not to mention how many pills get sold on the market and taken back off, because they too are hurting people. Where was the FDA? Television commercials should not be advertising at all except to the people that percribe these drugs. Persuasion is a learned skill and I am shore there is a darkside to having the skill of persuasion."
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  • -5 +1 -6 Dallin Nelson Dec. 4, 2013
    "No one wants to bye a medicine if there are a thousand side effects. If it gives you diarrhea and massive headache, no one will buy it. It isn't the smartest idea to bye headaches and itches, vomit and diarrhea, dizziness and perhaps even death! it is not the best advertising technique."
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  • -5 +2 -7 Megan Sep. 11, 2012
    "I believe that prescription drug commercials are helping to promote more and more people to search for something that is wrong with them which feeds into the definition of health being the absence of disease. People are becoming obsessed with the idea that to be healthy they must be completely free of disease, so they spend time and money going to numerous doctors visits to make sure they don’t have these diseases they've been seeing on advertisements for drugs that can fix them. People interpret common side effects they read or hear about as something wrong with themselves and go to the doctor looking for something to be wrong even if they are fine. This only helps the medical-industrial compex."
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  • -10 +3 -13 jefffrey Apr. 29, 2011
    "It creates boredom for people not making enthusistic commercials for the audience."
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