The pharmaceutical industry – “pharma” – provides ample fodder for jokes and criticisms. It’s so easy with the number of new drugs entering the market, along with the Scrabble-worthy names and SNL-worthy lists of side effects*. As much as I love the names and side effects, my favorite part of the TV pharma ads is where they remind the consumer to “Ask your doctor…” or “Tell your doctor…”
Seriously? Where do they think I get prescription drugs? My dry cleaner? Is there some other – legal – way to get prescriptions? 1-800-GOT-MEDS?
“Call your doctor if you have fever, stiff muscles and confusion as these may be signs of a life-threatening reaction or if you have uncontrollable muscle movements as these may become permanent.” (Latuda)
Unless you want to have uncontrollable muscle movements for the rest of your life, call your doctor. Better yet, consider whether the possibility of uncontrollable muscle movements is worth the risk.
“Tell your doctor if you have been to a region where certain fungal infections are common… ” (Xeljanz)
The doctor knows where you’ve been, and he knows where all the fungal infections live. That’s a good thing because Delta doesn’t normally clue me in to such things when I book a plane ticket. Maybe this is a benefit of going to an actual travel agent, instead of booking online.
“Ask your doctor if you’re healthy enough for sex.”
*The nonstop blather of side effects has gotten the attention of the FDA. Several online sources report the FDA was planning to look into shortening the lists. They believe the current standard may cause consumers to tune out, reducing comprehension and thereby increasing potential dangers.
NY Daily News – http://tinyurl.com/o79ltg2
Consumerist – http://tinyurl.com/nb7acq3