There are millions of people taking pharmaceutical medications everyday in the United States and it has to be a little unnerving for the many, to see television commercials with law suits against pharmaceutical companies about medications that have caused significant harm to people. And yet, it is quite common to see pharmaceutical commercials asking patients to ask their doctors about certain new medications that come to market. Is this a matter of pharmaceutical companies being so brazen to be marketing drugs directly to the public without having any remorse about the damages their drugs may cause after use? In 2015 it was reported that 3 out of every 5 adults were taking prescription medications, which apparently is a very high and outrageous percentage, so directly advertising medications to the public may be having some adverse affects. Another statistic which is astounding is the number of people that are addicted to prescription pain medications.
There recently was some talk about stopping pharmaceutical companies from advertising drugs to the public. Doctors have questioned the motives of pharmaceutical companies behind advertising their products directly to the public. It does not make sense to introduce drugs to people before an actual need presents itself. In fact it can be a nightmare for a hypochondriac. But it is not only prescriptions drugs that present problems of adverse effects and maybe death, there have also been issues with products that are implanted in the body.
There are many questions surrounding the practices of the pharmaceutical industry and the congressional legislation which seems to be regulating the industry from a lobbying standpoint. Could that be the reason why law suits are on the rise, because drugs are taking a fast track to the market place? Should prescription drugs be treated like any other consumer product? Should drug research and trials have more regulations to keep the public safer? What is the advantage for drug companies to advertise directly to the public? These are only a few of the important questions that have to be answered, but are the patients themselves asking these questions? Considering that the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) is supposed to be the ultimate decision maker on all drugs that come to market, but if that was the case there would not be a strong lobby effort on behalf of the drug/pharmaceutical industry which has made considerable gains in their favor, especially financially. The financial gains of the drug industry could directly be related to congressional lobbying, which directly affects the pockets of the patients and drives up insurance costs as a result.