Despite the concerns voiced by some doctors about the effectiveness of heavy marketing of drugs on people who may not need them, the American Medical
Association has decided on Tuesday to not support a ban on the advertising of prescription medication. Concern over the, "ask your doctor, "
portions of these ads has lead some doctors to call for ad banning, due to people seeking drugs based on isolated or unrelated experiences. The AMA
has decided to not support the ban, citing potential free speech infringements.
But others said a ban would violate drug makers' free-speech rights and argued that ads have helped increase awareness of certain ailments and
reduced the stigma of mental illness and other disorders.
Supporters thought they had a good chance of succeeding this year because of recent concerns about the heart risks of arthritis drugs like Vioxx and
Celebrex, and suspicions that Prozac and related antidepressants can lead to suicidal impulses in youngsters.
Also Tuesday, the AMA adopted a report declaring that these antidepressants have benefits and should remain available to youngsters who need them
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Have you ever seen any of these commercials? They're filled with every symptom in the book and they include vague references, such as questioning
the health of an individual if they ever feel down, or encounter any kind of anxiety. The truth is, the ads are very misleading and when factored
along side with the amount of money that has gone into the marketing aspects of these drugs, much less the amount of money that has gone into the
production, a case could be made that they are intentionally made to take advantage of people who don't know the difference between normal mood
fluctuations and true problems.
A company makes a product to sell it. Pharmaceuticals aren't light products, however. Over time, they can have a real effect on the chemistry of an
individual and become an important factor in the decision making process of the individual. Deciding to undergo prescription therapy isn't and
shouldn't be a decision made lightly, an idea that is betrayed by the seeming faddish response our society has had to drugs like Prozac and Zoloft.
I believe that the medicinal trends in this country is one of the biggest problems we face, as nearly everyone is on something. We even have a "New
Freedom Commission for Mental Health," recently established under the Bush Administration that insists we need to screen school children for mental
disorder and medicate them!!! How can you make an assertion towards the validity of an individual before full genetic expression has taken place?
Likewise, how can you expect a parent to raise a child when they are in the apathetic stupor of their comedown in between prescriptions?
Our country encourages ignorance......and gets rich off it.
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[edit on 21-6-2005 by MemoryShock]