It’s Official. We’ll Buy Anything.

I heard somewhere recently that the United States and New Zealand are the only countries that allow end consumers to be exposed to pharmaceutical Ads. This says a lot about our country’s level of greed, that we’re willing to exploit even our own pain and suffering to make a buck. That’s a depressing thought.

Even more depressing, though, is our willingness to buy absolutely anything. A lot of these ads have side effect disclaimers that ought to make our hair stand up on end, and yet these commercials must be profitable for the companies or they wouldn’t produce them.

Who in their right mind would see an ad that says, “With this drug, an overdose or even death can happen,” and then think, “Oh, yeah. I need to get me some of that!” Are we so easily fooled by the passive voice? Is it because a woman who has Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease is seen jogging uphill? Do we love purple so much that we want to ingest it? Or is the product name so hip and catchy that we can’t resist? Are we really that dumb or that desperate?

Contemplating all of this makes me tired. But I’m sure there’s a pill for that.

Pills

[Image credit: affairstoday.co.uk]

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11 thoughts on “It’s Official. We’ll Buy Anything.

  1. Elaine Lorefield

    The real problem comes when the Patient tells the Doctor what drug they want to have prescribed for the ____________ and the Doctor is so tired of being brow-beaten by patients who are sure they really know better than a person who has years of extensive training and experience that he just writes the prescription. You know the Doctor is being graded on how much the patients LIKE the doctor.. another problem with medicine these days.. We don’t have to LIKE the doctor but we certainly need to be able to TRUST the doctor to be honest with us and prescribe as little as possible.

    1. That’s the same thing with antibiotics. People will come in with something that simply needs the passage of time, but they expect pills, so doctors often prescribe antibiotics when none are indicated. We expect miracles these days.

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