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Old 04-27-2015, 04:45 PM
 
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I am so sick of prescription drug ads - 3-4 pages in magazines of small print disclaimers taking up half my magazine and then again on TV - it is almost funny if it wasn't so annoying-

We have wonderful new drugs here for you to try out - but talk to your doctor because this can cause stroke or death but otherwise - make sure you tell your Doctor you want some of this (hurry before the FDA recalls it).

Seriously - why are they even allowed to market these prescription drugs to people directly? As though people are going to clamor to the Doctors asking for these drugs like they're buying tomatoes at the supermarket.

Anybody else bugged by this?
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Old 04-27-2015, 05:46 PM
 
Location: southwestern PA
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Seriously - why are they even allowed to market these prescription drugs to people directly? As though people are going to clamor to the Doctors asking for these drugs like they're buying tomatoes at the supermarket.
That is exactly what happens.
And as long as people respond positively to the ads, the ads will continue.
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Old 04-27-2015, 05:54 PM
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Location: San Antonio/Houston/Tricity
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Lots of people believe everything they read. They WANT the magical cure: the 20 lb weight loss in a week, the feel good pill etc. They will go to the doctors and DEMAND the wonder pill. You know who is going to make big $$$ on people's stupidity, right?
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Old 04-27-2015, 09:04 PM
 
Location: Glen Burnie, MD
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Lots of people believe everything they read. They WANT the magical cure: the 20 lb weight loss in a week, the feel good pill etc. They will go to the doctors and DEMAND the wonder pill. You know who is going to make big $$$ on people's stupidity, right?
I've taken a nutrition class in college and a good deal of that was dedicated to obesity and weight loss. You are absolutely correct, there is no "magical cure" for weight loss. While diets and pills may advertise claims like "lose 5 pounds in your first week" only one or two, if even that, of those pounds are fat. The rest is mostly water, which you'll gain right back after that week.

The only way to truly lose weight and keep it off is to make lifestyle changes, which include exercise and eating right.

As for being tired of prescription ads, absolutely. I always think in the back of my mind when I see a new drug advertised for the first few times that in a few years we'll be seeing lawyer commercials advertising "did you take (insert drug's name here) and suffer from (insert horrible side effect here)? If so, call us now!"
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Old 04-28-2015, 03:54 PM
 
Location: Long Island, NY
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Tired of hearing those commercials? Ask your doctor about "Blokad." Effective when used as prescribed. One pill twice a day stops your ability to hear pharmaceutical commercials. Side effects include hallucinations, voices in your head shouting "Shut Up!," a uncontrollable urge to smash the television, and suicide.
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Old 04-28-2015, 03:56 PM
 
Location: Huntsville, AL
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I am so sick of prescription drug ads - 3-4 pages in magazines of small print disclaimers taking up half my magazine and then again on TV - it is almost funny if it wasn't so annoying-

We have wonderful new drugs here for you to try out - but talk to your doctor because this can cause stroke or death but otherwise - make sure you tell your Doctor you want some of this (hurry before the FDA recalls it).

Seriously - why are they even allowed to market these prescription drugs to people directly? As though people are going to clamor to the Doctors asking for these drugs like they're buying tomatoes at the supermarket.

Anybody else bugged by this?
Here's what I find 'funny' about these ads...
Listen to the side effects of some of these drugs. There's a drug for toe nail fungus that has like 10-12 side effects... Soreness at the site, ingrown toenails, high blood pressure, headaches, upset stomach, just to name a few... the dang side effects make you sicker than what you're using these meds for to cure!
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Old 04-28-2015, 06:03 PM
 
Location: Alexandria, VA
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I'm sure it's been (and being) discussed in the TV Forum
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Old 04-28-2015, 06:19 PM
 
Location: Colorado Springs
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I get pretty disgusted during dinner when the newscast is advertising boner pills.

And why are they always in separate bath tubs?
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Old 04-28-2015, 06:35 PM
 
Location: Mid-Atlantic east coast
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I get pretty disgusted during dinner when the newscast is advertising boner pills.

And why are they always in separate bath tubs?
Maybe to give the viewer the idea that the pill was successful and he can reach??
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Old 04-29-2015, 06:19 AM
 
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Here's what I find 'funny' about these ads...
Listen to the side effects of some of these drugs. There's a drug for toe nail fungus that has like 10-12 side effects... Soreness at the site, ingrown toenails, high blood pressure, headaches, upset stomach, just to name a few... the dang side effects make you sicker than what you're using these meds for to cure!
Exactly! The speech regarding the side effects is the longest portion of the commercial.
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