something to honk about
I just can’t stand ads for prescription medications on TV. How is it okay to publicly advertise to such a wide audience something that can only be taken with a doctor’s prescription? It reminds me of the bad old days when companies used to able to advertise cigarettes on television.
As a parent of young children, I’m really sensitive about what they listen to and watch. Their minds are like sponges. I don’t want them infiltrated with the subliminal message that its totally normal to take multiple prescription medications for everything from chronically dry eyes to clinical depression.
If someone truly needs a prescription med, fine, I’m not against that at all. Let their doctor diagnose their symptoms and prescribe the right medication. Regular everyday people without medical degrees should not be assessing their own symptoms and looking around for medications to treat them.
And kids and naive adults alike should not be exposed to commercials advertising pharmaceuticals complete with horrifyingly long lists of potential side effects. I think it sends an errant and potentially dangerous message to pliant and susceptible minds. I hope the law will catch up with these harmful practices and make it illegal to advertise prescription medications to the general public.
Are my concerns silly? Or do you agree with me? I’d like to know that you think…