According to Vox, “most consumers in the United States know the names of a litany of pharmaceuticals they’ll never come into contact with or need, thanks to the commercials that fill our airwaves day in and day out. Drugmakers spend some $6 billion on direct-to-consumer advertising each year. The ultimate goal is for some people to visit the doctor and ask about them.” But the number of people is getting smaller.
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According to Kantar, “Drugstore retailers are focusing on transforming to offer value and convenience, as well as become the primary health destination for shoppers.” However, data indicates that people only use chain drugstores for their prescriptions”. Can they evolve into a health destination?
My post yesterday on weight loss drugs had a lot of comments on social media. However, when I communicated more with people, they went silent. It seems they don’t understand some basics about these drugs or who is responsible for sharing the complete information. So here it goes.
Wegovy is being promoted as a weight loss drug but how many potential patients understand the risks or that the vast majority experienced side effects from the maximum dosage which is needed for shedding weight? Do they also understand they need to be on the drug for life and that their aren’t any studies on long term use?
Anti-vaxxers continue to invent new harms caused by vaccines and spread these claims on social media. Some of these claims catch on even with no evidence because the Internet is largely unregulated.
Months into the weight-loss-drug bonanza, various medical, cultural, and political challenges have materialized. Doctors are reporting rampant use of these new weight-loss drugs among the rich. To make matters worse, as use expands, more people report unwanted side effects.
The pharma industry and its Republican allies in Congress are openly signaling their plans obstruct at every turn as the Biden administration looks to begin implementing a recently passed law allowing Medicare to negotiate drug prices for the first time in its history. They’re using an argument debunked many times before money buys politicians.
Healthcare in the US is broken because it’s too profitable. Corporate America understands that there is money to be made in healthcare, and they are squeezing the system to increase profits everywhere, from insurance to hospitals.