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TV Ads


by Vaughn Aubuchon

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Depends on which channel you watch.

Have you noticed the ever-increasing number of prescription drug television ads recently? They are heavy on emotion, and light on facts. The side effects are trivialized.
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Here is a summary list of 128 DTC (Direct-To-Consumer) prescription drug TV ads. Text of some current TV drug ads has been included, along with their published, acknowledged adverse side effects.

Index of TV Drugs

1. Drug NOT Named

2. What's the POINT?

3. Drug Info DECEPTION

4. TV Drug Ad Format

- Bernie Tells It Like It Is

Drug manufacturers seek to minimize and trivialize the adverse side effects of the drugs they produce. To present a balanced picture, this page HIGHLIGHTS these adverse side effects. In each case below, THE OFFICIAL INFORMATION IS "QUOTED VERBATIM" (fair use) from the drug companies' websites and TV commercials.
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Index to 128 Recent
Prescription Drug TV Ads
(click for the detailed data of each drug below)

Marketing
Brand
Name

generic
chemical name

Purpose

Manufacturer

Abilify
Aczone
Adderall
Alavert
Amitiza
AndroGel
Anoro

Aricept
Astepro
Axiron

aripiprazole
dapsone
amphetamine
loratadine
lubiprostone
testosterone
umeclidinium
vilanterol
donepezil HCl
azelastine HCl
testosterone

antipsychotic
acne
ADHD
allergy
constipation
libido,
depression
COPD
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Alzheimer's
allergy
male hormone

Bristol-Myers
Allergan
Shire
Wyeth
Sucampo
Abbott Labs
Glaxo
SmithKline
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Pfizer
Meda
Eli Lilly

Belsomra
Belviq
Bexsero
Beyaz
Botox
Breo Ellipta

Brilinta
Brisdelle

suvorexant
lorcaserin HCl
men. GroupB
drospirenone
botulinum toxin
fluticasone
vilanterol
ticagrelor
paroxetine

insomnia
weight loss
menin. vaccine
contraceptive
migraine
COPD, asthma
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blood thinner
hot flashes

Merck
Arena Pharm.
Glaxo
SmithKline
Bayer
Allergan
Glaxo
SmithKline
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AstraZenica
Noven Pharm.

Caduet
Chantix
Cialis
Contrave
Cosentyx
Crestor
Cymbalta
Dulera

norvasc, lipitor
varenicline
tadalafil
bupro./naltrex.
secukinumab
rosuvastatin
duloxetine
mome
tasone furoate

BP, cholesterol
stop smoking
ED
weight loss
psoriasis
cholesterol
depres., pain
asthma

Pfizer
Pfizer
Eli Lilly
Takeda
Novartis
AstraZeneca
Eli Lilly
Merck

Effexor
Eliquis
Enablex
Enbrel
Entresto
Entyvio
Epiduo
Eucrisa

venlafaxine HCl
apixaban
darifenacin
etanercept
sacubitril/
Valsartan
vedolizumab
adapalene
crisaborole

depression
blood thinner
overact. bladder
R, Arthritis
heart failure
UC, Crohn's
acne
eczema

Wyeth
Bristol-Myers
Novartis
Amgen
Novartis
Takeda
Galderma Labs
Pfizer

Evista
Exelon
Farxiga
Fasenra

Flowmax
Fluad

raloxifene HCl
rivastigmine
dapagliflozin
benralizumab
tamsulosin HCl
flu virus vaccine

osteoporosis
dementia
type 2 diabetes
asthma
BPH
flu vaccine

Eli Lilly
Novartis
AstraZeneca
AstraZeneca
Boehringer I
Seqirus

Gardasil
Harvoni

Hetlioz
Humira

HPV vaccine
ledipasvir &
sofosbuvir
tasimelteon
adalimumab

cervical cancer
hepatitis C
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non-24
anti-
inflammatory

Merck
Gilead
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Vanda
AbbVie
(Abbott)

Ibrance
Imitrex
Intuniv
Invokana

palbociclib
sumatriptan
guanfacine
canagliflozin

breast cancer
migraine
ADHD
diabetes

Pfizer
Glaxo
SmithKline
Shire
Janssen

Januvia
Jardiance
Jublia
Kerydin
Keytruda
Kybella

sitagliptin
empagliflozin
efinaconazole
tavaborole
pembrolizumab
deoxycholic acid

diabetes
diabetes
toenail fungus
toenail fungus
melanoma
double chin

Merck
Boehringer I.
Valeant
PharmaDerm
Merck
Allergan

Latisse
Latuda
Levemir
Linzess
Lovaza
Lyrica

bimatoprost
lurasidone
insulin detemir
linaclotide
omega-3 esters
pregabalin

eyelashes
antipsychotic
diabetes
IBS constipation
high
triglycerides
seizures, pain

Allergan
Sunovion
Novo Nordisk
Actavis
Glaxo
SmithKline
Pfizer

Mirapex
Mirena
Movantik
Myrbetriq

pramipexole
levonorgestrel
naloxegol
mirabegron

RLS
birth control
OIC
overact. bladder

Boehringer I.
Berlex
AstraZeneca
Astellas

Namenda
Namzaric

Nasonex
Neudexta

Neulasta
Niaspan
Nicoderm
N. Flexpen
Nuedexta

memantine HCl
memantine HCl &
donepezil HCl
mom
etasone furoate
dextromethorphan
quinidine
pegfilgrastim
niacin
nicotine
insulin aspart
DH and QS

Alzheimer's
Alzheimer's
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nasal allergies
PBA

cancer
cholesterol
stop smoking
diabetes
PBA

Forest Pharm.
Forest Pharm.
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Schering
Plough
Avanir
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Amgen
Abbott Labs
Glaxo
SmithKline
Novo Nordisk
Avinir

Omnaris
Onexton
Onglyza
Opdivo
Oracea

ciclesonide
clindamycin
saxagliptin
nivolumab
doxycycline

nasal spray
acne
diabetes
lung cancer
rosacea

Sepracor
Valeant Pharm.
AstraZeneca
Bristol-Myers
Galderma Labs

Orencia
Osphena
Otezla

abatacept
ospemifene
apremilast

R. Arthritis
vaginal dryness
psoriasis

Bristol-Myers
Shionogi
Celgene

Pradaxa
Premarin
Pristiq
Prolia
Provenge

dabigatran
conj. estrogens
desvenlafaxine
denosumab
sipuleucel-T

afib stroke
painful sex
depression
osteoporosis
cancer vaccine

Boehringer I.
Pfizer
Wyeth
Amgen
Dendreon

Raptiva
Reclast
Repatha
Requip
Restasis
Rexulti
Rozerem

efalizumab
zoledronic acid
evolocumab
ropinirole Hcl
cyclosporine
brexpiprazole
ramelteon

psoriasis
osteoporosis
cholesterol
RLS
dry eyes
depression
sleep aid

Genentech
Novartis
Amgen
Glaxo
SmithKline
Allergan
Otsuka
Takeda

Simponi
Singulair
Spiriva
Stelara
Symbicort

golimumab
montelukast
tiotropium
bromide
ustekinumab
budesonide

arthritis
allergy
bronchospasm
psoriasis
asthma

Centocor
Merck
Boehringer I.
Centocor
AstraZeneca

Taltz
Tamiflu
Tanzeum
Tecfidera
Toujeo
Toviaz
Tremfya
Tresiba
Trilipix
Trintellix
Triumeq

Trulicity
Trumenba

ixekizumab
oseltamivir
albiglutide
dimethyl fumarate
insulin glargine
fes
oterodine fumarate
guselkumab
insulin degludec
fenofibric acid
vortioxetine
abacavir
dulaglutide
mening. vaccine

psoriasis
influenza
diabetes
relapsing MS
diabetes
overact. bladder
psoriasis
diabetes
cholesterol
depression
HIV
type 2 diabetes
meningitis

Eli Lilly
Genentech
Glaxo
SmithKline
Biogen
Sanofi
Pfizer
Janssen
Novo Nordisk
Takeda
Takeda
Glaxo
SmithKline
Eli Lilly
Pfizer

Uloric
Vaniqua
Vascepa
Verzenio

Viagra
Viberzi
Victoza
Vraylar
Vyvanse

febuxostat
eflornithine
icosapent ethyl
abemaciclib
sildenafil
eluxadoline
liraglutide
cariprazine
lisdexamfetamine

gout
hair removal
cholesterol
breast cancer
ED
IBS
type 2 diabetes
bipolar disorder
B.E.D.

Abbott Labs
SkinMedica
Amarin
Eli Lilly
Pfizer
Allergan
Novo Nordisk
Allergan
Shire

Xarelto
Xeljanz
Xeomin
Xiaflex
Xifaxan

rivaroxaban
tofacitinib
incobotul...toxinA
collagenase cl.hi
rifaximin

anticoagulant
R. arthritis
frown lines
D
upuytren's con.
travelers' diarrhea

Janssen
Pfizer
MERZ
Auxilium
Valeant

Yaz

Zi
cam (OTC)
Zostavax
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drospirenone/ethinyl estradiol
zinc
zoster vaccine live

PDD-premenstrual
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cold preventive
shingles

Bayer
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Matrixx
Merck

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How many of the latest TV ads listed above will eventually be pulled due to adverse side effects? About 1 out of 3, as were pulled in the older list just beneath here? You will find out, when the ongoing, de facto, long term drug safety tests are completed ON YOU!

You will be protected, just as soon as enough other hapless individuals have suffered devastating ill effects. It does not pay to be an "early adopter" in this business. The FDA works the same way as the FAA - only tragedy evokes action.

Nuedexta - New diseases, such as PBA (PseudoBulbar Affect), require a new medicine. So, they combined cough medicine (dexromethorphan hydrobromide) with quinine (malaria cure). That ought to do it.

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1. Drug Ads which
DO NOT NAME the Drug

Drug Name
Ad Type
Maker

Adderall

ADHD

Shire

Hetlioz

Non-24

Vanda

Vyvanse

B.E.D.

Shire

Zostavax

Shingles

Merck

These drugs use a subtle, "back-door" approach, in an attempt to mask what they are selling. Why Shire does this is face-smashingly obvious, because they are pushing amphetamines to children. But I am not sure about Vanda and Merck.




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2. What's
the Point?

EVERY SINGLE DRUG LISTED ABOVE HAS SIDE EFFECTS THAT CAN BE FAR WORSE THAN THE CONDITION BEING TREATED!
The Cure Is Worse Than the Problem
graphic from Medscape

Which drugs listed here have used the word FATAL, DEATH, LIFE-THREATENING or SUICIDE in their list of side effects?
About 35% (37/107).

"FATAL"
(16)

Brilinta
Eliquis
Enbrel
Humira
Januvia
Latuda
Neulasta
Onexton

Orencia
Plavix
Stelara
Victoza
Vioxx
Xarelto
Xeljanz
Zifaxan

"DEATH"
(12)

Abilify
Adderall (CII)
Anoro
Breo Ellipta
Brilinta*
Entresto
Januvia*
Latuda*

Opdivo
Procrit
Rexulti
Tecfidera
Toujeo
Vioxx*
Vyvanse (CII)

LIFE-
THREAT
ENING (5)

Abilify*
Botox
Chantix
Latuda*

Levimir
Novolog
Toujeo*
Tresiba

SUICIDE
(1)

Abilify*

Belsomra
Rexulti*

SUICIDAL
(2)

Chantix*
Latuda*

Lyrica
Otezla

Unacceptable
Side Effects

Many of these drugs have unacceptable side effects - over half the commercial time is used to tell you what the problems are, so you can't complain later. After all, they warned you, right?

WRONG! You may need to seek a
personal injury lawyer, if you have suffered a personal medical injury, resulting from a prescription drug, such as vioxx.
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Hiding
Facts
With
Graphics

Sometimes, the above "OFFICIAL" safety information, is presented as a GRAPHIC on the website, if presented at all. This is done so that the information CANNOT be read, indexed or found on the Internet, using a search engine.

There is NO OTHER reason to present this information in graphic format. This is done solely to hide the information, so that Google, Yahoo and BING can't read it.
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Off-Label
Uses

There is a great deal of concern about many drugs being prescribed for so-called "off-label" uses. Which uses are those? There are many unpublished uses the pharma companies can think of.

These off-label uses are given VERBALLY to the doctors, so that there can be no recourse or accountability. After all, they are NOT ON THE LABEL.

Not discussed means Not responsible! Now there's a new paradigm! If we don't print it on paper, we are not culpable! Where is the FDA?
One example is Vyvanse for B.E.D.
Another ad that does not mention the drug is Zostavax for Shingles.

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The FDA

I am told that the FDA is staffed by ex-pharmaceutical company employees, who continue to loosen the reins, and avoid their responsibility for public safety.

However, the FDA is becoming more active regarding misleading, inaccurate and unsubstantiated claims of the drug manufacturers, on drugs that have highly obvious problems.

But for most of the other drugs, it is still YOU who must ask the proper questions, and there are many.

In one respect, the FDA operates just like the FAA. Only tragedy evokes action.
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You

LEARN everything you can about any drug you are about to take. READ, READ, and then, READ some more. May your knowledge keep you healthy and happy, by avoiding the TV ad drugs that have the worst side effects.
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3. Common Prescription Drug
"Safety Info"
DECEPTION

1. DON'T TAKE IF ...

"Don't take baddrug if you are allergic to it, or any of its ingredients."

What a BS cop-out!

The problem is, the only way to determine if you ARE allergic to baddrug, or any of its ingredients, is IF YOU SWALLOW IT!
Good luck with that.
WHOOPS! I'm dead. Test over.
How Cavalier can you get?
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2. SH|T HAPPENS

"Serious side effects, including DEATH, have happened."

"HAPPENED"? As if by chance?
Happened, indeed.

The TRUTH?
"WERE CAUSED BY THE DRUG" is far more accurate.
But that sounds bad.
So they always say, HAPPENED ("Who knows why? We have no idea. You can't prove it. Stop questioning us. Let us say and do whatever we want. Don't mess with our profits".).
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3. WHOOPS! "RARE SIDE EFFECT"

"If YOU happen to get bad-side-effect, call your doctor right away."

Translation: It is a crap shoot, whether or not YOU get bad-side-effect.

FACT: The occurrence of bad-side-effect is FAR MORE PREVALENT than stated. Big Pharma uses all kinds of tricks to hide bad-side-effects from the public, by

1. Hand-picking "prime" study subjects
2. Removing those study subjects early, who do poorly
3. Burying studies that had bad outcomes
4. Falsifying statistics of poor study outcomes
5. Paying doctors to endorse marginal drugs
6. Pure, out-and-out fraud

In private, SEVERAL doctors have admitted to me that my following declaration IS TRUE. --->
"Big Pharma ALWAYS UNDERSTATES the frequency of bad side effects."

This has occurred to me over years, when I slowly noticed that I ALWAYS got bad-side-effect, with ALMOST EVERY PHARMA DRUG I have ever taken. It doesn't take a genius to smell the stench of lies.

A good example is lisinopril, which claims a 5% "cough side effect rate". It is FAR CLOSER to 90%.
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4. WEASEL WORDS

Would, could, should, might,
Weasel words are always right.

When you read the word "may" in the text, you are better off to interpret it as "WILL ALWAYS" .

My favorite is "Results may vary".
Worthless, pure cr@p statement.
The "results" will ALWAYS VARY. Radically.
Some will die, some will not.

Or, since results may vary, some MAY NOT die. (Humor)
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5. "TELL YOUR DOCTOR"

EVERYWHERE, we see "Tell your doctor", when in fact, these are things your doctor should be TELLING YOU!

This ALWAYS assumes that you have previous knowledge from a previous doctor, which frequently IS NOT TRUE!

More buck-passing! You should have known! What about your doctor? Shouldn't HE have known? What kind of doctor IS he?
What a crock of bull. Assuming a previous doctor is infallible, knowledgeable and communicative. You are told to rely upon a previous doctor, who may be utterly incompetent. BAD idea.
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6. WE'VE SOLD TONS - Must be Fine

"Over 11 million prescriptions" (Xarelto)
Only half the story.
In GERMANY ALONE, Der Speigel reports that
"at least 968 adverse events involving Xarelto were reported to German health officials in the first eight months of 2013, including 72 deaths."

Of course, there is NO INDICATION of just how many MILLIONS of those prescriptions HAVE BEEN ABANDONED, nor how many have RESULTED IN LAWSUITS.
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7. DIFFERENT STORY TOLD

At the bottom of many online drug information texts, it says -
"The product information in this site is intended for residents of the United States. The products discussed herein may have different product labeling in different countries.

Let's see. Why might that be?

1. The US warning may be WEAKER, because it sounds better. Other countries REQUIRE the STRONGER warnings.
or
2. The US warning may be STRONGER, because they can't get away with the WEAKER warning allowed in other countries.

Which is it?
I would like to see CONSISTENT WARNINGS shown. The d@mned drug does not act differently in different countries. Some get the truth, and unfortunately, some don't.
Do you feel lucky? as Clint would ask.
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4. Prescription Drug
TV Ad Format

(typical order, structure and form)

Section
Content

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Voice

Intro
(You need it!)

Makes the claims
Extolls the virtues

Friendly
Person #1

Disclaimer
(Watch out!)

... List of side effects
(Usually the largest section.)
... "Don't take if ... "
... "Tell your doctor ... "
(The text shown above.)

Authoritative
Person #2

Conclusion
(We promise!)

Reaffirms the virtues
... "Ask your doctor ... "
Join the crowd.

Perky, jazzed Person #1 or #3

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From Bernie Sanders -
9-22-2015


"So outrageous."

"These guys have to back down.
US has highest drug prices in the World.

3 top companies 45 billion profit.
$ 250 Million last year lobbying
Getting away with murder.
Gov't. must step in, and

1. Medicare Drugs Part D must negotiate drug prices

2. The US can't import from cheaper countries, such as Canada.
Too much Pharma power."

Free market? What's wrong with that?
- Robber barons -
Steel - Carnegie,
Oil - Rockefeller,
Railroads - Gould,
Banks - JP Morgan,
Pharmaceuticals - Massive collusion

"People can't pay - 1 out of 5 can't afford to fill prescriptions.

"We must regulate big Pharma.
Every country on Earth does it."
"The US is the ONLY LARGE COUNTRY in the world that allows the BIG Pharma Companies to SET their own PRICE, WITHOUT LIMIT."

"US Citizens pay 10 times what Canadians pay, for the exact same drug.
MOST POWERFUL LOBBY in America
Huge PHARMA LOBBY never loses.

1. More money spent on advertising than research.
2. What does "research" entail?"
--- Funding me-too drugs?
--- Funding favorable studies?
--- Funding payoffs?

So sayeth Bernie. Go Bernie.
Fight corporate deception (lies)
and corporate corruption (lobbying).
SOMEBODY has to.

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Treatment
Big Pharma knows there is little money in actual cures. They are in the "treatment" business. They want you to take as MANY drugs as possible, for as LONG as possible. Its the American way - Termination by medication.

Important External Links --->

MOST doctors ARE PAID to push pharmaceutical drugs.
Kiddie Prozac Docs Took Millions From Drug Makers

The Miracle Industry

Psychiatric Drugs Being Given to Infants

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Rejected Prescript. Drugs

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Unapproved Prescript. Drugs
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Disclaimer
The author is not a doctor, and has had no medical training.
NO MEDICAL ADVICE IS OFFERED OR IMPLIED.
These are simply my personal thoughts.
The sole purpose of this page is to encourage further research on your part.

Statements on this page may NOT be correct.
Change is always occurring. The quoted excerpts above were correct when quoted. For current specific drug information, visit that drug's official website.
I hope that you have found this TV Drug Ads page helpful.
Thank you very much for your time.

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