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Drug companies and advertising

By February 15, 2008 - 9:19am
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It's a debate that's been ranging for nearly 15 years, but one that never seems to end with any answers. Should drug companies advertise directly to consumers? Supporters say it provides information and solutions to people who may be suffering from a particular condition. Critics say such advertising "creates" its own market, leads to self medication and takes away a doctor's ability to fully evaluate a patient or condition. Where do you stand?

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I think direct to consumer Pharma advertising has generally been a very good thing. It has helped to better inform people about different options available for health conditions. I think as a society we cannot continue to only depend upon our physicians for all of our health care information, I think it's vital we start taking part in our own health care process. This means researching different health care options and starting to have dialog with our doctors. I think direct to consumer advertising with pharma makes us aware and helps us start that dialog.

February 18, 2008 - 9:31pm

If people want to receive information directly from the drug company, that's their option. Perhaps the person feels embarrassed or self-conscious about asking a health care provider for the same information. Who knows.

On the other hand, I understand the concern about self medication. However, we're expected to be informed consumers; that's what the drug companies are banking on.

The debate will probably continue until something tragic happens.

February 18, 2008 - 6:36pm
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