Quick rant: drug companies

May 10, 2007 at 8:27 pm (1st and 2nd year)

As doctors, you’ll notice corporate sponsors everywhere. It can be pretty simple, from a pen that says “Seroquil” to a stethoscope that says “Bayer aspirin.” I’m just waiting for boxer shorts that say “Correctol laxative.” And just look at drug companies. Life is hard. If you want to be thin, you have to exercise and diet appropriately. But drug companies take the work out of life. Don’t feel like exercising? No problem! Just take Lipitor to bring down your cholesterol. And we’ve got Viagra and Cialis. Boner pills for men who’ve given up on back massages, foreplay, and deep, meaningful, metaphysical conversation. All we need now is a pill that causes orgasms and we’re set. I can imagine some of the women reading this blog are nodding their heads in agreement. “Uh huh! Sign me up for that clinical trial.”

The drug companies run amazing commercials to convince people to buy medicine. Most of them feature a field of grass and make it seem if I take their pill, I’ll get a beautiful wife and a puppy. I want that disease! The commercials have me convinced. I go to my doctor to ask about the latest drug I need. He says, “You don’t have this disease.” I say, “What do you mean I don’t have… restless leg syndrome? This is my life we’re talking about!”



  1. REO SpeedDealer said,

    Is it just me or are the only companies advertising on TV anymore in the pharma sector? I can’t go through any show without being bombarded by 5-10 ads for various drugs. I absolutely hate it when they say, “Ask your doctor about *fill in the blank* today.” No, don’t ask your doctor. Your doctor doesn’t want to waste the time to deal with another hypochondriac who watches TV. You DON”T have restless leg syndrome! Leave me the hell alone!

  2. Tor said,


    I did get a chuckle out of that RLS conmmercial.

    some ppl have way too much time in their hands.

  3. Susy Cat said,

    You know, I have to say that although these commercials can get annoying and I hate that it gives people some useless questions for their doctors, I find some of them very amusing! I laugh out loud at the Avodart commercial – “Do you have a going problem?…or is it a growing problem” Or that commercial that looks like a car commercial but it’s actually for a drug, I forgot which one it was.

  4. idcrossroads said,

    I agree those drug commercials are annoying. But I have to say, it is a business, and as far as business goes, big pharma is just being aggressive and it’s working. I would put the blame on the people who want to take Lipitor instead of watching their diet, or pop a pill to lose weight instead of exercising. I’m not pro big pharma or anything, but they are a necessary evil since nowadays most of the new drug development and clinical trials happen with pharma funding. Actual important drugs like antibiotics and new HIV meds.

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