1/13/06

Oily Headaches Lasting More Than 4 Hours?!


I'm just wondering how long it will take to get those damn prescription drug ads off the air.

Honestly, do you actually remember the product or just its disgusting side effects?


Oily Discharge
Erections Lasting More than 4 Hours
Headache
Diarrhea
Gas and Bloating

The ads are usually aired between the hours of 5 and 7pm, during the local and national news. These slots are chosen because drug company ad execs believe that responsible (read that as paranoid) adults who believe the hype of the nightly news are also gullible hypochondriacs willing to trust ad executives when they tell us to "ask your doctor" about [fill in drug of choice here].

"WHAT?"
I can hear the hypochondriac's mental screech as the commercial announcer runs down the list of symptoms.

"I've got that!"

Sigh.


photo:Onur Aksoy



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5 comments:

Lord Kronouss said...

Here Here I fully agree. But then again I would also like to stop hearing about Yeast Infections, Jock Itch, and which maxi pad holds the most blue water.

Anonymous said...

I often think the news these days are so full of negative stories that you are driven to take a pill. You're stressed from hearing that the medication that your doctor prescribed and whom you trust, causes this so you have to take another pill to stop that. It really seems like a no win situation. There are more and more illnesses that we can't find a cure for do commercials really need to remind us that there are more things we have to worry about ? We struggle in our everyday lives to make a living only to come home to the sound of whatever actor, telling you that this is the best you can do for yourself but beware you may feel just as bad as you did before. I guess that' why we have 300 hundred different channels, we have the option to turn our attention to something better.

javajazz said...

yes, there must be something positive
one can extract from all these side effects...
for example,
i was thinking how interesting it could be
to date a man who had erections
that lasted for more than 4 hours...
(c'mon, its gotta be better than gas and bloating...!)

Lammie said...

How true, how true!
Recently I've noticed a few drug companies getting creative with their stream of side effects. Of course, I don't recall the name of the drugs in question, but the ads have a doctor asking the drug taker to contact him if they have any of the nasty side effects. While I don't remember the name of the drug, I do remember being impressed by the new approach!

javajazz said...

oh, look how kindly and accessible the nice drug companies are being to the very people they entice into their web daily...reminds me of this sign i saw in a gambling casino i went to once, that said if people had trouble with their gambling addiction, there was a 1-800 number they could call for help...isn't that so humane?
perhaps Michael Moore aint everybody's cuppa tea, but i, for one, am looking forward to seeing how he handles his next project, exposing some of the truths behind the all powerful drug companies...there's more in that Prozac than meets the eye, methinks...but i digress....