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Should there be advertisements for prescription drugs? Show more Show less
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Prescription drug adverts are everywhere; from our television screens to celebrity promotions, the brand names of everything from anti-depressants to IBS medications have now become generic. Is this to the benefit of the consumer or to the pharmaceutical industry?

No, there should not be advertisements for prescription drugs Show more Show less

Prescription drug advertisements encourage people to distrust their physician's judgment and to self-diagnose and self-treat.
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Prescription drugs advertisements discourage trust in physicians’ knowledge

The advertisement of prescription drugs encourages people to self-diagnose and to discourages patients from looking at physicians as a source of medical information.

The Argument

In a time where anyone can easily look up any symptom from a rash to a sniffle and attempt to self-diagnose[1], it is incredibly harmful to the medical profession to have patients attempt to self-diagnose n response to medication advertisements. While the FDA does regular these advertisements, some medications have slipped through the cracks with false advertising.[2] This can lead to an incredible amount of misinformation regarding the health and well-being of patients and what treatments may be needed for certain health conditions; these decisions should be made between a patient and their healthcare professional, not from a cutesy commercial. Advertisements of prescription drugs and non-FDA approved drugs are commonly seen on social media and other media platforms, promoted by celebrities and influencers, which can lead to misinformation and the promotion of potentially harmful products.[3] Patients exposed to advertisements for harmful products may believe the advertisements more than they believe physicians, causing deep distrust in medical professionals.

Counter arguments

Direct-to-consumer (DTC) advertising is strictly regulated by the FDA. There is no federal law against DTC advertising, and prescription drug advertisements offer a way to inform consumers of the variety of treatments available to them beyond what their healthcare provider might suggest. Physicians are not infallible, and the more informed a consumer is, the better they are able to advocate for themselves and their health. [4]



Rejecting the premises


This page was last edited on Sunday, 29 Nov 2020 at 23:18 UTC

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