Pill Commercials

I am not a commercial watcher. Thank heavens for DVR’s which allow taping of TV programs and speed-ups during commercials. I’ve gotten to be quite adept at jumping off the speedy go-ahead so as to re-connect at the point following the commercials. The cable company has built in a second or two of retro-activity, which is nice. Occasionally, I do watch commercials, especially during ballgames. During those times, I am particularly surprised to see how many commercials I view for medications such as Cialis and Viagra, used to treat erectile dysfunction; Humira, used to treat joint pain; Lyrica, for patients who have seizures; Jublia, to eradicate fungal infections; and on and on. I fear that people who watch these ads and have no idea what these drugs do or don’t do could easily become victims of ordering such medications without realizing that they may be putting themselves in jeopardy. In Australia, the law prohibits direct-to-consumer advertising of prescription medicines. Perhaps we should follow the leadership of the Australians.



About bobosbest

I am an 80-year-old retired English teacher whose writing goals are fulfilled by publishing these blogs. I have a wonderful married partner, Dimitris Tsitsiras, who is from Greece. Life is good and still an adventure.
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