American Medical Association
The AMA has apparently decide to recommend a ban on commercial advertising of new drugs. You can read this to see their reasoning and then maybe come back here to share your thoughts?
My thoughts are that they are annoying, repetitious, depressing yet can also be entertaining with all their disclaimers.
Having to say that everything in the world could happen to you certainly makes me want to run out and demand my doctor prescribe it. Don't take it if you are allergic to it or any of its ingredients! ?!
Come on, how do I know if I am allergic to it until I take it! And do they really tell you EVERYTHING that is in it or just the things they HAVE to.
There are times that generic, or even a DIFFERENT generic does not work the same as the original. SOMETHING is different but not according to the ingredients, so that must mean it is in the "inert" ingredients. Great! Am I allergic to inert ingredients?
All that said and I look at the other side. Do we realize how many people are employed by agencies that make the product, those who develop the ads and those who give it life on magazine pages, TVs, internet, radio, etc.?
Do I really want to be totally reliant on my doctor reading the review and deciding which ones to try or not? How many of us heard about a new treatment that our doctor had not reviewed yet, but upon a closer look, IT WORKS for us!
The article says the AMA is concerned about how much time the doctors have to spend explaining the new drug or clarifying why it will not work for you. Mmmmm, I am not so sure that is not a GOOD thing, not bad.
It forces the doctor to read and evaluate it for your condition and it makes you ASK and therefore LEARN more about your condition. I am amazed at how many just sit, listen and do what the doctor says with so few, if any questions.