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Old 11-02-2008, 08:03 PM   #1
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Drugs and Advertising.

I don't know if it's a problem anywhere outside the U.S., but over here, on almost every TV station, there's constantly advertisements for prescription drugs. I was watching the nightly news program on NBC tonight, and there were at least one or two drug advertisements in every commercial break.

Of course, most of them are for Viagra, Cialis, Levitra or some other "natural" male enhancement cure-all. Other times I see ads for anti-depressants, prostate shrinkers, birth control pills, osteoporosis drugs, etc., etc. You can tell from the quality of the ads that they are extremely expensive. Another observation is that every drug commercial often has some "doctor" explaining the drug's side effects to his "patient", and it seems that this doctor seems to be reciting them verbatim. Often these ads have some "mascot" of sorts, almost like beer ads from the 50's and 60's.

The point is, are the drug companies taking advertising too far? Should the government somehow intervene with how much pharmaceutical corporations spend on advertising? Should the government limit corporate advertising as a whole?
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