Big Pharma Marketers are Laughing at Us — 6 Comments

  1. I just posted a positive review of your site on Between the Blogs. I decided to click on your site again and I see you’ve written a new post about Big Pharma Marketers. On my other site, Conversations Over Dinner, this evening I posted that I’m amazed at how quickly the prescription pad makes its appearance and that I’m going to rethink my prescription meds. Kudos to you for putting this issue front and center.

  2. The big pharma companies aren’t the only ones who do this. Vendors constantly entice “people of influence” with free gifts/money to promote or purchase their products. Talk to any Purchasing Manager of any business or government entity; talk to Senators & Congressman; talk to any blogger with AdSense. Help companies influence people to buy their products and you get a kickback. It’s nothing new.

  3. It is new to Pharma. The gummit loosened regulation to allow direct to consumer advertising of prescription drugs.
    Businesses have cracked down on accepting gifts from vendors – this is an area Wal-mart did right. Employees there can accept nada, not even a coffee cup.
    Pharma should not be in the business of influencing the prescribing of drubs.
    BTW: I sell space on my blog to Google and they pay me to reach influential people like you.

  4. I don’t cave in to advertising hype or influence peddaling, but then again I take no drugs and I don’t click on AdSense. Those tactics apparently work for the majority of people or these companies wouldn’t be wasting their time and money on kickbacks. I don’t have a problem with companies doing it; we just need more informed, pro-active consumers to counter-balance it.

  5. Obviously you didn’t read my post carefully. Try and pay closer attention Shelley. 🙂
    When it comes to pushing drugs, manufacturers should not be allowed to influence the only outlet than can fulfill the need – the docs. The doc should make the decision based on patient need, not who paid for his last vacation.
    Oh, go ahead, click an ad, it won’t hurt, c’mon, do it, you know you want to.