I know there are many intelligent people in America. We have some great speakers and writers, along with, well-informed readers and listeners.
Intelligence is not the case for MSM & The Gang. The Blitzers, Acostass and Morning Joes of the world should have read the fine print before they signed their Power of Attorney over to MSM. I am sure the obligatory frontal lobotomy was covered in the contract.
I wish to bring three simple questions to my intelligent Tolley’s Topics correspondents. I know my circle of feedback comes from a crowd of Baby-boomers, plus or minus 10 years. I hope you will use the comment section below or my email address (firstname.lastname@example.org) and really send me your responses to my questions.
1. When did the function of doctor and patient reverse roles?
I know my Baby-boomers can remember when you visited the doctor because you were sick. The doctor checked you out and perhaps gave you a little illegible prescription, then you stopped by the handy-dandy drug store on the way home and traded that little prescription for a bottle of medicine. Nowadays, the patient goes into the doctors’ office and tells the doctor which drug they want to try.
2. Why is it legal for prescription drugs and controlled substances to be advertised on TV, but illegal for tobacco products to be advertised on that same medium?
I wish no one in the world smoked cigarettes. But it is legal for people to smoke when they reach the legal age in their state. It is their prerogative. I do not understand why prescription drug commercials are shown on TV.
I remember the alka-seltzer commercials (plop-plop, fizz-fizz) and Bayer aspirin commercials. Both were over-the counter medications. Here is an interesting little fact for you.
Humira, Xeljanz and Eliquis were the top three most advertised drugs on U.S. TV in 2019 based on ad spending. Humira led the pack with more than 460 million U.S. dollars in TV ad expenditures that year, while Xeljanz and Eliquis spent a little over 180 and 140 million, respectively. All in all, the entire pharmaceutical industry spent 3.7 billion U.S. dollars on TV advertising in 2019.
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The Clinton Administration changed the law. The FDA doesn’t even have test facilities for drugs.
In 1997, the Food and Drug Administration permitted prescription drug companies to start publicizing their products directly to consumers in television advertisements.
(From an email response to me.)
Personally, I think professionally trained healthcare providers should have a knowledge of what medications exist. Prescription drugs cannot be purchased by the general consumer, so why advertise to them? What is mind boggling to me is, most of these prescription drugs advertised on television do not have mind-altering properties (aside from all the anti-depressants) so they aren’t even drugs that would appeal to addicts or people seeking a high. It seems pointless to advertise a heart medicine. If you have heart problems, you see a doctor and they determine what medication would ameliorate your problems. Simple.