Wednesday, April 20, 2005

Prescription Drugs

Many people are starting to worry about the advertisement of prescription drugs today, people like Senator Jim Geraghty. This article that I found was based on things that he believed. Are perscription drugs being advertised correctly? According to Jim Geraghty, he says that they are not and that commercials often look past or brush over the side affects associated with the drug or the side effects of taking other drugs with this drug. Along with Senator Tom Harkin, Geraghty purposed an amendmant that would cause advertisers to have equal amounts of time informing about the drug's side affects. In a FDA survey 7 out of 10 said that patients were often confused about the risks and benefits of a particular drug. Doctors also stated that they could handle these situations. What do you think? Should there be more informative time given in a commercial about a drug's side effects?

4 comments:

Morgan K. said...

I agree, side affects do need to be explained clearly to consumers. However, I do understand why its so hard for distributers to communicate ALL side affects to consumers .. since there are soo many. I dont' see any other way to explain all these side effects, other than just listing them on a breif commercial.. until they obtain the prescription.

Rachel Ruth said...

There probably should be more on air time given to the side effects. But, I know that the people who write the little warning lables on the side of drugs, especially otc drugs, make booku bucks doing so!

tienvo said...

I agree. Since health is the most important thing that we care about, so side affects are necessary to explain for consumers. Drugs maybe cause many side affects, so I think there should be more informative time given in a commercial about a drug's side effects

chenna said...

Advertising prescription drugs is not a bad thing. We have been in a situation that we can only get information from doctors. As a result, there was once a high physician-induced drug spending and adverse selection. Now with the ads of prescription drugs, people have more information and more power to compare the recommendation with they own opinion, contributing a free drug market. So I think the advantage of advertising drug outweigh its disadvantage.