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Creating a nation of hypochondriacs?

Thursday, May 09, 2019

When I make the dumb decision to watch television I am overwhelmed by the panoply and plethora of adverts for drugs often for conditions I have never heard of or knew existed. As an aside we are one of only two countries in the world which allow the advertising of prescription drugs, New Zealand is the other. When I look at the production values of the advertisements which seem to rival those produced for the Super Bowl. I am struck by the thought as to how much they add to the cost of the drugs they are touting.
Some of maladies listed, for example gluten intolerance, affect 1% or less of the population but there is a “magic pill” for it that everyone needs to be aware of. In some cases the side effects cited are worse than the condition being “cured”.
When I was in Chiropractic College as students we seemed to find we were exhibiting the symptoms of the various maladies we presented in the pathology classes and lectures. Medical students seem to suffer from the same affliction.
This is not a rant to dissuade anyone from obtaining needed medical care but rather an observation of perhaps one of the factors driving the cost of prescription drugs into the realm of the stratosphere.
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    I am always in awe of all those prescription ads! It blows my mind because they are on every commercial break (I am glad I don't have cable for this reason) and I usually never catch what the medication is to treat but I'll be darned if I don't know the names. I don't need to know the names but I do. The price of those medications is astronomical and there is a lot that goes into the exaggerated price and they are using those commercials to vie for which one you will take because you remember the name even if you can't afford it. FYI if you can't afford it, reach out to the drug company and they almost always have a program available.
    37 days ago
  • KEB501

    I sort of get it - they want people who may "need" this medicine to know it's available and ask their doctor - but it would be so much nicer if doctor's just discussed options with people who need it. I'm sure I would feel differently if I ever came across a medicine I really did need and my doctor had never told me about it.
    37 days ago
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