In the past, very few drugs were advertised, and it seems in the last ten years media overloads us with these ads. I know it is to make money, but whatever happened to finding cures and ensuring safety instead of treating symptoms?
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The US and New Zealand, I read, are the only countries that allow direct marketing to consumers. It is a big deal in the US, and takes up so much media time. It is a racket , and I agree with your opinion and other opinions here. Thanks for comments
There is a lot of research, but you have to make money to afford research. Some meds are too expensive and insurance can be too picky but thr pill makers need a revenue stream to fund research.. Much of the research takes place at universities.
Having been through a half-dozen surgeries, contraction of my throat, cataract surgery and a few other woes--I want a doctor to use the best equipment, and his knowledge. My doctor determined I was a Type II diabetic. He got me the facts. No pills,
Your view about cures is not unusual or wrong. However, everything that needs medication may not be a cure. Pain medication following surgery, medicine to help control cholesterol and meds for bipolar disorder need maintenance. Cures not coming soon.
Excellent point. I'm primarily talking about diseases and coming up with cures for them. The recent Ebola scare in the U.S. where patients got cured proves if it were "do or die" we really could cure things. Money is in maintenance not cures.
The word cure is used a lot and I know some who want total prevention. Treatment with medication can be a cure. Research will be needed to achieve total prevention.
I have to disagree. The driving force behind the ads is to get the product to the public before the patent runs our, or the FDA says it can be sold over the counter without a prescription. The generic industry, which only copies the majors work hard.