Is it just me that is completely perplexed – nay, SHOCKED even, at the stupidity of prescription drug marketing?
Maybe they’re meant to be comedy routines, because they ARE entertaining. They are all starting to seem like Saturday Night Live Spoofs of themselves.
First of all, let’s start with my least favorite commercial ever ever ever on the face of the planet. If I can’t fast forward through it thanks to the help of DVR, then I almost have to leave the room.
That’s right: Cymbalta’s uber-depressing and overplayed commercial. Cue the sad music, cue the sad pictures of sad people. . . “Where does depression hurt? Depression hurts. . .everywhere. Who does depression hurt? Depression hurts. . .everyone.”
I’m pretty sure that their marketing strategy is to depress us ALL into needing their anti-depressants, and it very nearly works. I have been depressed before, and it is NOT fun. The last thing I want to do is re-live it every time I turn on the TV!!
Then, let’s talk about Advair. The new, amazing, breakthrough Asthma Drug!!! According to their commercials, anyway. Until you get to then end, where it tells you that it might cause ASTHMA RELATED DEATH!!!
Yes, let’s take a drug to treat my Asthma that might cause me to die from my Asthma. . . oh well, if I’m dead, I bet I won’t have Asthma anymore!! It works!!! Hallelujah!!
Then of course there are the drugs like Flomax, to help you if you have a weak urine flow. Or the drugs for wiggly legs.
I’m sure that Restless Legs Syndrome really is an annoying ailment, but I’m just sayin’ – do you really want to take something to make your legs quit wiggling that might cause death?
But the one that really pushed me over the edge, the one that finally made me blog about this blight of our culture, was a new commercial that we saw last night.
Oh, this is a good one.
It is a prescription drug to help you have thicker eyelashes.
You know, because it is life-crippling to have thin eyelashes.