I'm depressed, which is a 'medical condition that can be treated by the prescription drug Zoloft.4 billion in 1997 to $2.
" we compassionate humans gasp in unison. Consumers do not actually write their own prescriptions, but they practically do, based on whatever drugs they see advertised on television. Nearly half of those who asked for an advertised drug—13 percent of all consumers—came away with a script. This intensive exposure creates what ad people call "brand awareness.
As we have seen recently, both of these promises by drug companies have turned out to be not just distortions, but outright lies.
The Miracle Of MSM by Stanley W Jacob, page 13
The reason drugs cost more in America than in any other country boils down to one simple factor: the pursuit of maximum profit.
People are beginning to see things as they are, and they're recognizing that the drug industry is out to do only one thing: generate drug company profits.
Organized medicine, simply put, is one giant money-making sham based on junk science.
Ephedra Fact And Fiction by Mike Fillon, page 77
And if that weren't enough, the British pharmaceutical company GlaxoSmithKline spent more on consumer advertising than any other company.
You name it, they've got a drug for it, be the problem as serious as cancer, or as trivial as baldness and unattractive toenails. A fourth way is advertising. Medication package inserts, drug advertising toward physicians and consumers, and the information in the ubiquitous Physicians' Desk Reference come directly from the drug companies.
Phentermine With No Doctor Refferal
In those rare circumstances where reality overpowers the design of the study and the negative effects are quite apparent, many companies go out of their way to suppress or cover up those findings and distance themselves from those study results. They were popular; they were being promoted. By recruiting physicians to discuss off-label uses, therefore, the drug companies, in essence, bypass official channels and create a potent marketing force of physicians. This is no outside critic, either: these are the words from a top FDA employee who has worked at the agency for two decades. The “gorilla in the living room” is new drugs and approval.
The voiceover answers our question as we think it: The woman has social anxiety disorder, a condition that can be treated with the prescription drug Paxil. This advertising is directed at both doctors, and directly to the public.
MANETTE: On November 23, 2004 PBS Online News Hour Program you were quoted as making the following statement.
The generic drugs are often made by the same manufacturer as the name-brand medication — the extra price is in the packaging and advertising. Drug companies who make huge profits from the sale of drugs spend more than $10 billion a year promoting drugs, and spend next to nothing warning the public about potential risks. Such funding can sway the balance of opinion from professional caution to uncritical acceptance of a new therapy or drug.
Worst Pills Best Pills by Sidney M Wolfe MD and Larry D Sasich PharmD MPH, page 10
The division at FDA responsible for policing prescription drug advertising has not been given adequate resources to keep up with the torrent of newly approved drugs.
9 percent of all lipid-lowering prescriptions. Sales of those fifty intensively promoted drugs were responsible for almost half the increase in Americans' overall drug spending that year.