How the elderly are portrayed in drug commercials

Discussion in 'Visual Arts' started by dead of night, Jun 23, 2020.

  1. altaeria

    altaeria Forum Resident

    Whatever happened to the proposal of universal euthanasia for everybody who reaches the age of 60 ?
     
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  2. Paul J

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    The proponents reached 50.
     
  3. jimac51

    jimac51 A mythical beast.

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    These things take time. Literally. I think current events would reveal:"We're working on it. One corpse at a time."
     
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  4. johnod

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    Sure , but everyone loves old smiling Bob.

     
  5. jimac51

    jimac51 A mythical beast.

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    I've been thinking about that since posted. Much of what is being seriously discussed are not OTCs(over the counter) cures,quack remedies that only benefit the seller but drugs needing a physician Rx before given to an individual. The idea of the ad is to bring up the idea to a licensed doctor,who is supposed to weigh benefits vs. harm and make a decision. On-the doctor's side-I have seen an interesting observation more than once at my general practitioner. For one thing,this practice seems to have a rigidly scheduled lunch time for the doctors. I've also noticed the sign- in office in conversation with pharma reps who are often penciled in during this time frame and suggestions of the doctor's favorite restaurant foods(a few places are conveniently nearby). Add to this,and I don't mean to make a stereotype here,but the reps are uniformly well-dressed, appearing well-heeled,attractive and in this case,considerably younger than the doctors. This idea was one of the sub-plots for Penny in The Big Bang Theory-she eventually earns much more than her brainy husband by doing things like this. She was originally portrayed as poor, with little formal education but with lots of street smarts,common sense and able to make a quick-read of any situation-qualities none of the others possess.
    So on one end images promising at least some positives to get the drug and a small dinner & a show for the doctor. A combination for,at least,outrageous profits for Big Pharma. The potential customers,while not the folks in the ad,are real. The prescribers are real. This ain't "take two and see me in the morning". It is often long-term and expensive. Illegal? Maybe no? Immoral? Possibly.
     
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  6. formu_la

    formu_la A.I.

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    Does it make Canada not developed country? ;). I mean I see this s*** all the time.
     
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  7. SomeCallMeTim

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    You realize that miracle cure ads are nothing new, right? If I could figure out how to post content that didn't originate on YouTube, I could show you print ads from the 19th century extolling the all-curing virtues of heroin, cocaine, morphine and other addictive (and fatal, in sufficient quantity) substances. Cocaine was recommended as a topical salve for toothaches (and for teething pain in children!). Heroin and morphine were liquefied and bottled for pain relief, as well as alleviating that common "female hysteria." And if you just needed a refreshing pick-me-up during the day, there was Coca-Cola, named for its active ingredient, powder from the leaves of the coca plant. This ingredient was replaced by caffeine in 1929, but not because the company worried about its product's adverse health effects on its customers - Prohibition in the U.S. threatened to render the manufacture and sale of Coca-Cola illegal, so they substituted the equally addictive upper found in coffee and tea (nicotine was an option they rejected, as its flavor couldn't be overcome by sugar).

    Corporations want to sell us s**t, whether it's good for us or not. Just look at all the happy, active, thin families chowing down in any fast food ad.
     
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  8. Just an aside, Prevagen has no proven scientific benefits to memory whatsoever, according to Consumer Reports.
     
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  9. finslaw

    finslaw muzak to my ears

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    Probably erase considering the drugs effects on memory.
     
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  10. jimac51

    jimac51 A mythical beast.

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    Still need to separate OTCs from Rxs. The Rxs are the most dangerous as the need for a script and many are long term(till death).
     
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  11. aforchione

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    It's now called Covid-19.
     
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  12. Paul J

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    If this has been mentioned, I apologize.

    But when the drug ad cautions you to tell your doctor that you have a condition that the drug has negative interaction with.....Hello?

    These are conditions not treated by walk in facilities.
     
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  13. The Wanderer

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  14. Tim S

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    That photo is hilarious!
     
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  15. Vinny123

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    What about Visiting Angels? “America’s favorite home care”. I’m 64. I’d rather be run over by a train than have a visiting angel.
     
  16. Tim S

    Tim S Senior Member

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    I know, I get it. My elderly, disable parent that lives with me gets home visits/healthcare and so far it's made a tremendous difference in her quality of like - and mine.

    I don't particularly know what "visiting angels" does - so I don't have an opinion.

    When it's time, I hope I can have the same kind of care my Mom gets.
     
  17. The Wanderer

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  18. Tim S

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    Men are often conspiculously absent from these photos and ads - unless it's cause they can't maintain an erection.
     
  19. The Wanderer

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    Homo erectus!
     
  20. MikaelaArsenault

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    That's already been mentioned.
     
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  21. Vinny123

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    Thanks for pointing that out
     
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  22. MikaelaArsenault

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    You're welcome
     
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  23. pocofan

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    I just wanna kiss you
     
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    ooof. "i was tired!" its the daytime though...were they attempting a morning sesh? some afternoon delight? is she still annoyed from the night before? so many questions
     
  25. The Wanderer

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    so many questions...unanswered...
     

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