TV ads for pharmaceuticals continue to amaze: they must be working to attract customers or drug companies would stop paying to run them. AMAZING considering the warnings of stroke, heart attack, death that accompany each ad. Yet patient advocates say prescriptions drug sales are way up. “The amount of money spent by pharmaceutical companies on direct-to-consumer advertising more than tripled between 1997 and 2005, growing from $1.3 billion to $4.2 billion since restrictions governing drug ads were relaxed by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, according to the California Public Interest Research Group, a public advocacy group nicknamed CalPIRG.” Imagine how it has grown in the past 10 years.
What is this process? The ad for ‘Dkialjfsduh’ (made up drug name) resonates with the prospective consumer who requests the drug which is quickly prescribed. Many MDs gladly participate for a kickback. It’s a well know, long standing racket. We already know they move hand in glove with big pharma. Even medical students are swarmed by drug salesmen and the federal Anti-kickback Statute seems to have little effect on this practice.
Numerous highly visible drugs are later recalled as killers. Pharmaceutical companies spend advertising money marketing drugs that are just hitting the market and apparently inadequately tested. Why does the consumer continue to support Pharma-evil? And that’s indeed what it is; after all evil is defined as to knowingly bring harm to others.
35 FDA approved prescription drugs have been recalled after many years on the market and thousands of deaths. Check out this list which gives details of years on market and estimated thousands killed.
Just because your MD prescribes a drug does not mean you should take it without first checking it online.
I recall on several occasions holding a drug vial in hand and hearing intuition screaming “do not use” over and over. I didn’t ingest them, put them in the fridge and months later saw the recall detailed on the telly. Yes I was surprised and horrified and needless to say I currently do not take any prescription drug. They are so expensive I couldn’t if I wanted.
Taking multiple drugs is a crap shoot. The intractions can be deadly as one of my dearest friends experienced. She was on heavy drugs for bipolar 3 and then added Naltrexone (Vivitrol) for alcohol abuse and died at 55 years, a month after starting the drug known to cause seizures. She died of a seizure with no history of stroke or seizure. Of course we will never know for sure but it sounds a little suspicious.