“The Drugs I Need”
Business for Big Pharma has never been better.
In 1997 they were allowed to market their drugs directly to consumers through TV ads. In 2010, the ACA mandated prescription drug coverage.
Sure, there are good drugs that help people. But never forget that Big Pharma is big business, and investors are their top priority.
I love this YouTube video that parodies Big Pharma’s tactics.
Look beyond Big Pharma’s marketing promises
Of course, the reality of our situation with Big Pharma is anything but funny.
Drug costs continue to go up, and so does the cost of health insurance and healthcare in general. Most experts agree that the high price we are paying for prescription medications is not sustainable, but no one knows the solution.
Until then, it’s up to the consumer to make informed decisions about prescription drugs.
- Is a prescription medication really necessary?
- Is there a cheaper option?
Many doctors admit they prescribe drugs because the patient asks for them, or they prescribe the newest, most expensive drugs because it’s what the patient wants.
When you read or see an ad for a prescription drug, always remember the company is selling a product. The benefits will be oversold, and the risks will be understated. (Have you noticed that risks and side effects are always told in a super-fast voice, or written in incredibly small type?)
I’ve written several posts on the topics of overuse of prescription drugs and the high costs. Be informed!
- The Seven-Year Rule
- Protect yourself from new drugs
- Tips to cut back on medications
- 5 tips to save money on prescription drugs
And here are some of my favorite books on the topic, too: