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70% Of News Advertising Now Belongs to Big Pharma

If you watch television for any amount of time, you’re probably going to see a drug commercial that tugs on your heart strings, promises to heal your worst medical conditions, and then a voiceover will quickly gloss over the multitude of side effects in a too-quick-to-understand string of monotone words. Prescription medications are are multi-BILLION dollar industry that’s making not only the pharmaceutical companies tons of money, but also the network television stations. How is this influencing public opinion AND health?

70% Of News Advertising Belongs to Big Pharma

As we casually watch TV, we usually don’t think twice about these drug ads, but let’s take a glimpse behind the screen. Did you know that pharmaceutical advertising has soared 62 percent since 2012 and is projected to cost $610 billion by 2021? Worse yet, nine out of the 10 largest revenue-generating pharmaceutical companies spend more on advertising than they do on research and development (it appears that they care more about selling drugs than making sure that they are safe and effective). Equally concerning is that pharmaceutical advertising is banned in just about every country except the United States and New Zealand. And consider this: the average American watches 16 hours of pharmaceutical commercials each year which is more time than they spend with their primary physician. One-third of these people ask their doctors about a drug advertisement and most request a prescription.

Clearly this type of advertising in generating a huge response from the public, but it also is having an impact that consumers rarely think about: if these companies are paying television networks billions of dollars to advertise their drugs, would their news stations risk losing big money accounts by reporting negative information about the company? Public figure and activist Robert F. Kennedy Jr. once shared that, “I ate breakfast last week with the president of a network news division and he told me that during non-election years, 70% of the advertising revenues for his news division come from pharmaceutical ads. And if you go on TV any night and watch the network news, you’ll see they become just a vehicle for selling pharmaceuticals. He also told me that he would fire a host who brought onto his station a guest who lost him a pharmaceutical account.”

I had a history professor say that products were made much better in the 1940’s and 50’s. For example, you could buy a toaster once and you’d never have to buy another one because it was made so well. The problem was that these quality products actually hurt revenue since it was a one time purchase. Nowadays, you buy a toaster, it breaks a few years later, and then you go back and buy another one. This same philosophy can be said for big pharma.

“Thanks to government protections [big pharma is] able to make their products more addicting and less effective so they can create return customers and extend their profits,” explains investigative journalist John Vibes. “If a medication is effective in curing a patient then they won’t continually use and purchase that drug because they will have no need to do so. However, if the drug is mediocre and has addictive properties then it will become a regular part of the patient’s monthly budget.”

Mass advertising is clearly one way to start this cycle of addiction. Furthering this point, just this month opioid manufacturer Purdue Pharma announced that they are giving a $3.4 million grant to a non-profit company to help develop low-cost naloxone nasal spray, an antidote for those who overdose on opioids. So let’s get this straight: instead of creating preventative measures to reduce opioid usage and address the true underlying problems, they’re creating a drug to try and solve a major drug epidemic. Anyone else see the flaw in this thinking?

Every drug has its benefits and risks, and it’s time that we, as consumers, educate ourselves to make the best choices for our health. We need to read up on prospective medications, really talk to our doctors, and maybe, just maybe, turn the channel when that drug commercial comes on.

 

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“Robert F Kennedy Jr. Says 70% Of News Advertising Revenue Comes From Big Pharma.” True Activist. Accessed September 7, 2018. http://www.trueactivist.com/robert-f-kennedy-jr-says-70-of-news-advertising-revenue-comes-from-big-pharma/
“Is Direct-to-Consumer Pharmaceutical Advertising Right for You?” Harvard Political Review. Accessed September 7, 2018. http://harvardpolitics.com/covers/is-direct-to-consumer-pharmaceutical-advertising-right-for-you/

Vaginal Stones vs. Vaginal Mesh: Are We Scared of the Wrong Product?

Recently celebrity and health guru Gwyneth Paltrow and her company, Goop, Inc., was hit with a $145,000 settlement due to a California complaint that her vaginal “eggs” and certain essential oils were falsely advertised on her website. What we want to know is, why was Paltrow held accountable for her misleading claims, but the medical device companies are still allowed to promote transvaginal mesh (TVM) which is much more dangerous and life-altering? These eggs may not live up to the hype, but they also don’t slice organs and tissue, cause chronic pain, and prevent a sex life like TVM does. It’s like prosecuting a jay walker and letting a murderer walk away free.

California is scolding Gwyneth Paltrow for overselling vaginal eggs but fails to hold Big Pharma accountable for TVM that irreparably destroys women’s vaginas. Shame on you, CA!

According to Patch,com, “The Napa-filed complaint was directed at ‘unsubstantiated representations regarding the effects or attributes’ of three products—the Jade Egg and Rose Quartz Egg, egg-shaped stones designed to be inserted vaginally and left in for various lengths of time, and Inner Judge Flower Essence Blend, essential oils meant be taken orally or added to bathwater — that were not supported by competent and reliable scientific evidence, said district attorneys from Napa and Santa Clara counties.”

The goop (yep, spelled with a lowercase “g”), website states that the Rose Quartz eggs are, “Made of heart-activating rose quartz—associated with positive energy and love—this yoni egg is associated with the heart chakra“ and that the Jade Egg is, “Used by women to increase sexual energy—this yoni egg is made of nephrite jade stone, meant to promote health and pleasure.” (The Inner Judge Flower Essence Blend is no longer available on the website.)

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So are these products a little weird? Yeah. Will they really improve “sexual energy”? Maybe not. Are they dangerous? No complaints have been filed. Is there scientific evidence backing up these claims? Nope.

But let’s look at TVM. Is this weird? Yeah, it’s a plastic strip of window screen that holds up your organs. Does it live up to the claims of addressing stress urinary incontinence (SUI) and pelvic organ prolapse (POP)? Sometimes, but at what risk? Are they dangerous. Absolutely! Millions of women have reported complications including multiple surgeries, inability to work, not able to have children, constant pain, broken relationships, and other conditions that have left them depressed, in agony, and struggling to find the strength and hope to face each day. Were there scientific studies proving the effectiveness of this product? No. Mesh had never been tested in a vagina before it was put into millions of women. Actually, studies have proven that it puts women’s health at risk!

The questions now remains: why did California spend time and resources one an unusual product that showed no harm while TVM which causes permanent damage is legal? We don’t need the government to focus on a celebrity and her website, we need them to keep big pharma accountable for the products that are disabling and even killing innocent people.


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Sexism at the Doctor’s Office

Dr. Gary Tigges, an internal medicine specialist in Plano, Texas is getting a lot of press these days for a comment he said in a Dallas medical journal. Dr. Tigges stated:

“Female physicians do not work as hard and do not see as many patients as male physicians. This is because they choose to, or they simply don’t don’t want to be rushed, or they don’t want to work the long hours. Most of the time, their priority is something else … family, social, whatever.”

Nothing needs to be ‘done’ about this unless female physicians actually want to work harder and put in the hours. If not, they should be paid less. That is fair.”

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Periscope Group is not owned by or operated on behalf of any attorney or law firm. We are not affiliated with any drug or medical device companies. We do not host advertisements nor do we accept advertising requests. We are here to help YOU, the consumer, become better educated and supported. You pay absolutely nothing for our help. It’s as simple as that.

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