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Domestic Blitz-Is the cure worse than the ailment?
If you watch any television these days, it won’t take you long to realize who exactly has all the money for advertising. (Besides the beer makers), it’s the drug companies.
You cannot watch TV more than 10 minutes without seeing a host of prescribed cures for what ails you. Acid reflux, depression, erectile dysfunction, constipation; the list goes on and on. If you have a real or imagined malady, the pharmaceutical companies have a pill to address it!
What’s amazing is that in the advertisements, they show a contented, “together” individual or smiling couple. Happy as larks they are, since they’ve sought this particular type of drug intervention. They’re usually engaged in some kind of physical exercise, and cavorting outside in the beautiful, bright sunshine.
I’m sorry, when you’re experiencing diarrhea, you aren’t going to feel secure enough to be playing golf or running a marathon. So what if the drug doesn’t work...would you take the chance? That would give “the runs” a whole new meaning. I’m sure adult diapers have a link on that website.
What I’d like to see is drug companies addressing the really important things that throw a wrench in many peoples’ daily lives. Now if they develop a drug to address procrastination, count me in! Of course there’d be issues with them as well.
“But doctor, this pill isn’t doing for me what was advertised. I thought if I took it, I wouldn’t be subject to putting things off,” I whine.
“When did you take it last,” he questioned, studying my file.
“Well, I took one last week.”
What about a drug that stops foot-in-mouth disease? That malady comes when a person always says the wrong thing at the wrong time. We’ve all met people who suffer from it. They’re usually called politicians.
“Here, take this pill and you won’t make yourself look like a donkey’s rear end, as much as you normally do.”
“But doctor, maybe while using this drug, it may blur my common sense and I might say something inappropriate or politically-incorrect to my constituency,” ventures politician.
“I think we’re safe on this one,” the doctor instructs wisely.
The side effects issue takes up most of the drug advertising time. I know the pharmaceutical companies must address them when attempting to be upfront with consumers, but what gives?
So you have a depressed individual who may/or may not need some drug intervention, what are they told when considering the drug?
“If you’re taking this drug and have feelings of low self-worth, profound depression or suicide – stop taking it, and consult your primary doctor for more instructions.”
Sometimes, is the cure worse than the ailment?