There are only two kinds of drugs to treat the swine flu, Tamiflu and Relenza. However, in recent news articles have warned the consumers to be careful when buying swine flu medication on the internet. There are some cases that companies are fraudulent and their products have not been approved by the FDA. Also, these fake companies usually don’t have neither physical address nor contact numbers, and most of the time offer unsafe drugs that are harmful to people. In the following articles will explain the similarities and differences on how the Food and Drug Administration have informed and warned consumers in the United States who desperately want to buy vaccines or other products establishing the cure and the prevention of the swine flu.
Michael Jackson, Anna Nicole Smith, and Heath Ledger- all are celebrities who died as a result of misused prescription drug consumption. Whether intentional or by accident, prescription drugs are dangerous and need to be prescribed as a last resort, not routinely. The Department of Pharmaceutical Economics and Policy revealed that “in 2004, pharmaceutical firms spent more than $57 billion on marketing in the U.S., roughly twice their expenditure on research and development” (p.462). The FDA sign is a stamp of approval to many consumers who question a products safety or effectiveness. However, many people are oblivious to the fact that drug companies are for profit and work alongside with the FDA to see that the drugs are approved with only minimum requirements.
According to an Apr. 2013 survey, 68% of doctors agree that prescription drugs are marketed before safety profiles can be known (Meyer). Theses ads use manipulation and distract the viewer from the potential harms of the medication. For example, the ads for Humira, a drug to help cure psoriasis, uses propaganda to sell its product. Although they do mention all the possible side effects, including death, they do so while a woman in the background looks happy and so confident that it almost makes people ignore what they are saying.
What are some of the positive and/or negative consequences of the use of DTC marketing by pharmaceutical companies? Who is impacted by these consequences? The use of DTC marketing by pharmaceutical companies has both positive and negative consequences for the parties concerned in this issues. Positive consequences: • It is an advantage for patients because, before advertising by pharmaceutical companies, patients used to follow blindly what their doctors asked them to take as medication without really understanding it or knowing all the options available. Now, they are more informed about medications.
If it is proved that marijuana does indeed help ease the pain and suffering of these poor people, then why not allow it to be prescribed to help them. It is illegal to consume any prescription drug not prescribed to you. Which makes all prescription drugs illegal, how is this different from marijuana? Sure it may be addicting, but so can caffeine pills. Sure it may be harmful if someone misuses it, but so can Ritalin.
Can the world accept the fact that people may have no other options to continue living than to take a drug that caused so much suffering in the past? Many people’s lives, and quality of life, may depend on these questions. The key to the distribution of Thalidomide is control. If the FDA can monitor and regulate the drug, ensuring no more babies will be born suffering the defects caused by the drug Thalidomide, hundreds of thousands of people many are able to live longer, healthier lives. Source Listing USA Today Aug 23, 1999, n.p.
If our government would have a solution for this ongoing epidemic’s many people wouldn’t have to suffer a terrible death, yet they still say there is no cure, but that were close and we have heard this for years now. We have all known someone who has suffered from cancer or someone who died to having cancer or some form of an illness that they would supply them with pills to decrease the pain and to make the illness dormant. This doesn’t help with the cure, but it boosts the pharmaceutical market. What if you found out that there was already a cure but, since... ... middle of paper ... ... those who only believe in homeopathically healing. Work Cited Works Cited Morgan, Scott.
“It is the age of consumerism. It convinces consumers that they need drugs that they might not need, that they need some drugs at all.” said Marcia Angell former editor and chief of The New England Journal of Medicine. Advertisement of medication has been ban in every country except America and New Zealand with the exception of Canada which allows drug advertisements only as reminders. 5% of the world 's population lives within the United states, yet it accounts for 42% of global prescription drug spending. “Advertisement to the general public should… not generally be permitted for prescription drugs.” was a statement released by the World Health Organization.
However, the news report says that it is the State that has direct authority over specialty pharmacies and they don't do a very good job in regulating them. Since the FDA tests whether a drug is safe before letting the public use it, I think that it would be very beneficial for the public if it also regulated specialty pharmacies. If that was the case, the lethal medicine that caused the meningitis outbreak may not have been able to be given to the public. The article also noted that specialty pharmacies such as the NECC shipped over 17,600 doses of uninspected pain injections to 23 states. If the FDA had the authority to impose their strict inspection and regulate the NECC, then they would not have been able to ship any dangerous drugs to other states.
Because consumers are paying little attention to what’s on drug panels, some manufacturers have taken this to their advantage. Although consumers pay little attention to what is produced on drug labels, they hav... ... middle of paper ... ...g facts are being downplayed. Every day millions of patients around the world rely on some type of medication to help them live better. If the risks of these medical products are being downplayed or absent, then how are they being helped live better? Drug labels should now be required to have legible font that clearly highlights the negative effects of the product.