Pharmaceutical giants and the declining life expectancy in the US.

Apr 2018
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New Hampshire
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The United States is a first world country yet its life expectancy is dropping. The drop is not attributable to war, climate, disease or geographical catastrophe. People are dying here faster here than in many smaller and poorer countries because the US healthcare system is run by lawyers and pharmaceutical companies not Doctors and hospitals.

When visitors come here from foreign countries they are surprised and appalled to see that American television is saturated with direct-to-consumer prescription drug advertising. As far back as the 1980’s American pharmaceutical giants began employing lawyers to chip away at regulations banning the advertising of prescription drugs to the public through media, especially television.

The efforts were successful and over the decades pharmaceutical advertising on television has become as ubiquitous as those for vacuum cleaners, refrigerators and automobiles. The last tobacco ad on television ran in 1970 on the Johnny Carson Show. Carson himself died from complications of chronic heavy smoking.

Tobacco advertising was removed from television because of its devastating effectiveness at glorifying an addictive habit that attacks the body’s tissues and greatly shortens lifespans. No one has to knock on your door or make an appointment with you to hawk a product. Your television sits in the center of your home and constantly interrupts you while you are in the middle watching some sophomoric, escapist diversion.

It’s all just part of the show as professionally produced drug commercials concoct creative and colorful scenarios demonstrating the wonderfulness and life-saving possibilities of the chemicals they’re pitching. They bypass your doctor who went to school for years, took a Hippocratic Oath to do no harm and has experience. Of course they mix in a few warnings that no one hears like those that regularly ignore the labels on the edge of cigarette packages.

Drug companies showed up in congress years ago with a fistful of dollars and now they peddle chemicals that are worse than sewage from Chernobyl. They take advantage of people who are seriously ill and turn them into human guinea pigs.

The suicide rate in the US is skyrocketing because so many are hooked on something that probably started out as television inspired opioid delivered pain management. Remember, Mexican drug cartels don’t advertise on television, they just accommodate addiction culture.

The life expectancy of the world’s most powerful first world country is declining. Explain that; never mind, I just did.
 
Jul 2013
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On a happy trail
#2
If we ignored almost every value added food product advertized on the TeeVee and went back to eating the basics we probably would be a lot more healthy and live longer too.
 
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Feb 2011
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Boise, ID
#3
The United States is a first world country yet its life expectancy is dropping. The drop is not attributable to war, climate, disease or geographical catastrophe. People are dying here faster here than in many smaller and poorer countries because the US healthcare system is run by lawyers and pharmaceutical companies not Doctors and hospitals.

When visitors come here from foreign countries they are surprised and appalled to see that American television is saturated with direct-to-consumer prescription drug advertising. As far back as the 1980’s American pharmaceutical giants began employing lawyers to chip away at regulations banning the advertising of prescription drugs to the public through media, especially television.

The efforts were successful and over the decades pharmaceutical advertising on television has become as ubiquitous as those for vacuum cleaners, refrigerators and automobiles. The last tobacco ad on television ran in 1970 on the Johnny Carson Show. Carson himself died from complications of chronic heavy smoking.

Tobacco advertising was removed from television because of its devastating effectiveness at glorifying an addictive habit that attacks the body’s tissues and greatly shortens lifespans. No one has to knock on your door or make an appointment with you to hawk a product. Your television sits in the center of your home and constantly interrupts you while you are in the middle watching some sophomoric, escapist diversion.

It’s all just part of the show as professionally produced drug commercials concoct creative and colorful scenarios demonstrating the wonderfulness and life-saving possibilities of the chemicals they’re pitching. They bypass your doctor who went to school for years, took a Hippocratic Oath to do no harm and has experience. Of course they mix in a few warnings that no one hears like those that regularly ignore the labels on the edge of cigarette packages.

Drug companies showed up in congress years ago with a fistful of dollars and now they peddle chemicals that are worse than sewage from Chernobyl. They take advantage of people who are seriously ill and turn them into human guinea pigs.

The suicide rate in the US is skyrocketing because so many are hooked on something that probably started out as television inspired opioid delivered pain management. Remember, Mexican drug cartels don’t advertise on television, they just accommodate addiction culture.

The life expectancy of the world’s most powerful first world country is declining. Explain that; never mind, I just did.
That is a lot of baseless, unsupported accusation there that really undermines more credible criticisms of Big Pharma, with the bolded/colored pieces being the worst offenders. I would suggest toning down the histrionics and rhetoric and more objectively supporting claims rather than trying to loosely tie together life expectancy and Big Pharma. The melodrama makes you seem like a conspiracy theorist.
 
Jul 2015
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Maryland USA
#4
It should be remembered that having seen a drug ad, one cannot just go to the drug store and purchase it. A physician's prescription is required. Many physician's will write the script even if a cheaper drug or generic is available. If it will "do no harm", they will please the patient. It is a good idea to always ask the physician if a generic is available. Yes, there are concerns to be addressed regarding the actions of "Big Pharma", but I would also suggest an examination of our patent laws and the processes required by the FDA to develop and bring a drug to market.