Q. Commercials that advertise prescription medicines on TV are my pet peeve. How can we STOP them? I would like to see them go the way of cigarette commercials.
Doctors should be prescribing the drugs people need without the rest of the world being subjected to these irritating commercials. I’m sure many others agree with me. How can we make our voice heard?
A. We have taken many informal polls and found very few people enjoy watching prescription drug ads. Doctors aren’t fond of them either, since patients may try to press for brand name drugs they have seen on TV.
The FDA seems disinclined to do anything to curb these commercials. A ban would require an act of Congress.