Aluminus wrote:Depression and RLS cannot, and should not be compared. RLS is real, but it is nowhere near serious enough (usually) to warrant medication. The drug companies have a "if it feels weird, buy our pill" policy, which is unethical IMO. They will do anything to get people to buy their stuff. That's their mandate. They are corporations first and foremost. I have seen really sinister tactics used to get people to buy things (pills) they could live without.
Absolutely it should, and my statement was made simply to show how ridiculous the previous statement was, I don't actually believe that. There is nothing, and I do mean
nothing unethical about a drug company advertising its products to its consumers. And do you have some kind of reference, evidence, anything to support the "they will do anything
to get people to buy their stuff" bit? Is it worse than what any other companies that sell products do? Is it worse than what tobacco companies do?
Aluminus wrote:Agreed, but no one should base their need for a pill on what they see on the television. If someone really wants a pill, then they should go ahead and buy it, but really see a doctor first. And if it's in the DSM, then it must be important for some people that there is a pill now.
It's just a shame that drug companies are allowed such sketchy practices. They could invent a (false) illness if they wanted, they have the resources. Thankfully, there are researchers whose job it is to investigate illnesses.
You're blaming the gun manufacturer for murders perpetrated by their guns. Also, though I don't really agree with the argument in general, let's all remember that homosexuality used to be in the DSM.
Also and again, do you have some kind of example of their "sketchy practices" and how they are somehow worse than other advertising campaigns? What about Geico? Their ads are ridiculously successful, are they underhanded and sneaky too? Re: false illness, do you mean like gingivitis? Fuck, man, Firefox recognizes it as a word.
Indon wrote:Well, theoretically, drugs that would have a significant impact would become known to doctors, who would then recommend the pills to their patients.
Advertising leads to patients recommending pills to their doctors.
Just out of curiosity, are you one of those people that thinks that doctors get money for writing prescriptions? Or that drug companies shouldn't be taking them out to dinner, catering in lunch, etc?