Petition To Stop Television Prescription Drug Ads

  • by: Marleneb
  • recipient: U.S. Congress, FCC, FDA, European Commission, EMEA

The last time a cure was found for a disease was 1959.  Dr. Johas Salk Developed the vaccine for polio.  He was just one man.  Since that time, hundreds of millions of dollars have been spent on disease.  Not for a cure, but for drug treatment only.  A cure would put big pharmaceutical companies out of business. 
It should be the job of a physician to prescribe the best treatments to a patient, instead of patients asking doctors to prescribe these drugs to them.  By advertising these drugs, the pharmaceutical companies are involving themselves in a legal drug trade that is killing thousands of people every day.  Many of these drugs, such as Chantix, Floxin, and Viagra have proven deadly.  It is time this unethical marketing ceases.
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Published by Marlene B. on Mar 18, 2009
Category: Health
Region: GLOBAL
Target: U.S. Congress, FCC, FDA, European Commission, EMEA

Background (Preamble):
Statistics prove prescription drugs are 16,400% more deadly than terrorists. According to the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) in 1998, a report finds that prescription drugs kill about 106,000 Americans each year %u2013 that%u2019s three times as many as are killed by automobiles%u2014making prescription drug death the fourth leading killer after heart disease, cancer and stroke.


Last year, the Journal of the American Medical Association puts death from all drugs, illegal and prescription, second only behind car accidents as a cause of death.

The rise in deaths coincides with the direct marketing of prescription medication to the public. Prescription drug sales have soared nearly 500 percent since 1990.

The pharmaceutical industry is a multi-trillion dollar business. Companies spend billions on advertising and promotions for prescription drugs. Pharmaceutical companies claim their drug ads are "educational" to the public. The public seems to genuinely believe that drugs advertised on TV are safe, in spite of the plethora of side effects listed. Many of these drugs have proven deadly.

Every day it%u2019s estimated 2,500 teens abuse a prescription pain killer for the first time.

The White House Office of National Drug Control policy had been planning to unveil an ad campaign to target prescription drug abuse by teens. It is time to stop this form of advertising by the pharmaceutical companies.

We, the undersigned, request that Congress, the FDA (Food and Drug Administration), the FCC (Federal Communications Commission), the European Commission, EMEA (European Medicines Agency) stop all television advertising of prescription drugs.
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