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  •  Why are drugs the only consumer product (3+ / 0-)
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    where we want consumers to have less information? Consumers can't self-prescribe prescription medications, only a licensed physician can write a script. If TV adds encourage patients to have conversations with their physicians about possible therapies for their illnesses, how can that be a bad thing? If physicians don't believe that a new, more expensive drug is appropriate for a patient, they shouldn't prescribe it.

    "let's talk about that"

    by VClib on Sun Jan 26, 2014 at 08:24:32 AM PST

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    •  wayull, (0+ / 0-)
      If physicians don't believe that a new, more expensive drug is appropriate for a patient, they shouldn't prescribe it.
      true, but some patients insist, just like some insist on some prescription for something, anything, by god, because junior has the sniffles.

      and then there's the whole issue of how heavily marketed these drugs are to doctors and the incentives to prescribe.

      Why are drugs the only consumer product where we want consumers to have less information?
      consumers don't get information out of drug ads, though, just as no ad for chips ahoy provides nutritional data.
      Consumers can't self-prescribe prescription medications, only a licensed physician can write a script. If TV adds encourage patients to have conversations with their physicians about possible therapies for their illnesses, how can that be a bad thing?
      isn't such a conversation part of treating an illness, ads or no ads?  i find it highly unlikely that a patient would have heard of an available prescription drug if his/her doctor hadn't.  

      but fundamentally, just as it is inherently unwise for health care delivery to have a profit interest (i.e., we really, really need single payer), there are psychological tricks played with advertising that really shouldn't go mucking about in the realm of medical decisions (i.e., there's a reason patients cannot self-prescribe).

      peace

      Please don't dominate the rap, Jack, if you got nothin' new to say - Grateful Dead

      by Cedwyn on Sun Jan 26, 2014 at 09:21:26 AM PST

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      •  Drug ads do encourage patients to have (0+ / 0-)

        conversations with their physicians. In fact, some ads have been the reason people seek medical care and in many cases having a more in depth conversation with their physician about symptoms and treatments.

        I don't particularly like drug ads, especially all the ED ads when kids are watching sports programming, but on balance I think they are a positive.

        "let's talk about that"

        by VClib on Sun Jan 26, 2014 at 10:35:07 AM PST

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    •  Yep. I think the 'incentives' drug companies (1+ / 0-)
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      often provide to physicians to prescribe a specific brand of medication are much worse.

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