Saturday, August 30, 2008

Drug Company Scam

Drug companies have found a way around the FDA requirement that they warn consumers about the dangers in their products. After all, Eli Lilly's ad for Evista doesn't want to spend 25 seconds of their 60-second TV commercial warning about such side effects and blood clots and dying from stroke. Now companies are using ads that don't mention their drug. Instead the promote the problem, like stopping smoking, and refer consumers to a website that has a link to Chantix. It's a 2-step dance around FDA rules but it more effectively captures potential customers because it doesn't scare them away with side effects of the drug like DEATH.

When are our elected officials and the FDA going to realize the American experiment with allowing direct-to-consumer advertising of prescription drugs has been a disaster for health in our country? We have only 4.3% of the world's population but we consumer 48% of the world's prescription drugs ... yet only rank #30 in longevity (worse in other categories). There are only 2 countries in the world that allow it, and the othe one is already looking at discontinuing it because they're seeing the same pattern of abuse.

WAKE UP CONGRESS! Or are you just too happy with all of the political contributions from the drug makers? Didn't we vote you into office to protect our welfare, not the welfare of the drug companies?

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