Yes consumer-directed advertisements used to be banned. But then the
sheeple were considered educated enough to decide for themselves what
medications to ask for (and doctors too uneducated to keep up with
current best treatments). Combine that with the enormous crop of socalled
me-too drugs (minute changes of and many copies of drugs that were about
to lose patent protection) and you have an avalanche of competing ads.
And now we're turned off because pharma is forced to mention the side
effects. Remember, aspirin would have a VERY, VERY hard time getting
approved if it were a new drug.
Not out of concern for the consumer, Karl. Fear of lawyers!!
For instance, it still isn't totally clear what the cause is/was of the
bad experiences with Vioxx (and almost all other NSAIDs). The statistics
were very clear, it is/was bad. There was an approximate 50% increase of
death from 1.6% in placebo to 2.4% in Vioxx-treated people who already
were at bad risk. So it was deemed that the benefits of Vioxx didn't
outweigh the risks. If you died while taking Vioxx, or even after having
stopped taking Vioxx, consult your lawyer!! Just see how many lawyers
pop up when you google "vioxx excess deaths" ...
Also it was way too expensive ...
I don't think that is it totally, Han. Although it may play a small part.
Effectively, you can neither advertise, nor contract away, liability.
If someone is harmed because of your product, despite warnings to the
contrary, you're still on the hook if proved liable.
Signs in the car parks: "Owner Not Responsible for ...".
Like hell, they're not.
Maybe the regulation is that all side effects need to be declared.
IANAL, in other words I don't know the regulations ... But I seem to
remember that at first the side effects weren't mentioned as much as they
are now. Someone must have told the drug companies to wise up ...
Rocker's coupons are semi-useless, although a couple of times I've been able
to find enough stuff I wanted to make it worthwhile. Woodcraft's aren't
quite so bad, their coupons can usually get me down to the local store
(which is what they are designed to do)--like I need an excuse.
Don't laugh, they've got two of my email addresses, so everytime they
send you a coupon they send me two! I emailed them to take one of the
addresses off of their list, but apparently it didn't take.. With luck,
I'll train myself to ignore both of them, but I always seem to be
curious as to what's on sale...
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