The role of doctors and TV in prescription drug abuse and misuse

An article in the March 2014 Journal of the American Medical Association said that physicians prescribing excessive numbers of pharmaceutical drugs are the primary contributors to the prescription drug overdose epidemic–not  TV, friends and family as previously thought.

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Dr. Brownstein, author of the book Drugs That Don’t Work and Natural Therapies That Do, said too much money is spent on ineffective medications that have too many adverse effects. For example, he says that conventional medicine continues to insist that, for any age, blood pressure should be 120/80mmg and cholesterol levels should be 200mg/dl. Dr. Brownstein, along with many of his advanced peers say that it is normal for blood pressure and cholesterol levels to increase as one ages.

“It is ridiculous to assume that an 80-year-old should have the same cholesterol level and blood pressure as someone at age 20.” And there are ZERO studies showing that statin medications result in a longer lifespan in anyone over the age of 65, he added. “Furthermore, there are NO studies showing any longevity benefit in statin use in women of any age.”

Other than Opioids, statins are among the most over-prescribed and unnecessary of all Big Pharma offerings.

The FDA continues to  advise people that doctors are the best source of information and treatment for any and all ailments, but says that TV commercials should be more concise.  People go to sleep or mute the TV as long lists of side effect warnings conclude the promotion of a drug, possibly leading them to not be adequately informed.

Whatever the case may be, it is calculated that the average American sees 16 hours a year of Big Pharma commercials. Since direct to consumer advertising was first legalized in the U.S. two decades ago, the number of prescriptions sold has skyrocketed, along with addiction, overdose, adverse reactions–and Big Pharma enrichment.

And if TV commercials have nothing to do with all that, one wonders how the pharmaceutical companies collectively could afford to spend $3.1 billion on advertising in 2012, according to a massive study by the Pew Research Center!

The U.S. and New Zealand are the only countries in the world that allow direct to consumer advertising.

On the other hand, we don’t have to listen and we don’t have to buy. It’s a novel concept in this quick-fix age to question everything and practice individual responsibility for our health.

 

 

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