Prime Time Drug Commercial Abuse: Viagra, Cialis, Levitra
Commericials That Make Parents Cringe
Oh, God, who has not had that special moment? No, not sex, but the family is watching a TV show or the news or a sports game. Then, the ED or sex enhancement, or trojan commerical and unless one mutes it, everyone has to endure the male sex education class not just once, but several times during the event or show. Embarrassing even when just sitting around with mixed company. Its either embarrassing for the man or either parent because they all seem to focus of the man's sexual issue.
The FCC should regulate the broadcasting these commercials between 6-9 pm. Not ban them but limit them to once or twice per hour. This is well within their power and it does not infringe on the Freedom of Speech issue that Americans cherish even at the expense of others, OMG that some regulated efforts are made. What about the rights of those millions of parents that do not want to hear about them???
Some of the trojan commericials are close to soft porn with innuendo and appearence. Sure, most kids over 12 have heard about sex, but that does not mean it is cool to barrage use with the same commercials in prime time. You don't see the Disney Channel broadcasting them. Wonder why? It was not that long ago drug companies seldom broadcasted these commercials rarely in prime time. Then, all of a sudden, the public was inundated with them between 6-9 pm.
There is a bill HR 2175. That’s a bill that Rep. Moran introduced in April, 2009, that would prohibit any ED ads from airing on broadcast radio and TV between 6AM and 10PM. The bill advises the Federal Communications Commission to treat these ads as “indecent” and instruct stations to restrict their broadcast to late night and overnight hours. This bill is in the first step in the legislative process. Introduced bills and resolutions first go to committees that deliberate, investigate, and revise them before they go to general debate. The majority of bills and resolutions never make it out of committee. It has been there since the last of April!!!!
The committee it was submitted to is the House committee of Energy and Commerce, which has 59 members! Henry Waxman is the Chair from California. This Committee has literally hundreds of other bills they must discuss and investigate. This one is WAY down the list. So far down, it will probably never get be dealt with.
However, if you write to the Chair and his office, the staff does take notice of what the public wants by keeping a tally of key issues. It can make the bill jump ahead of the line. Waxman has his own website. Writing an email or using other online forums is the same.
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