yes of course, on the other hand there's the possibility that advertising could increase education of the public. would that be bad? anyway, pharmaceuticals is a legit industry in the USA that provides substantial health benefits to billions of people. the legal right to advertise on public media is obvious (to me) I simply can't understand restricting that right.
It's not that simple. We no longer allow cigarette advertising. The reason there is pretty clear, I would agree.
Yes, it is a legit industry, a necessary one that we are fortunate to have. That isn't the question. Should they be advertising prescription medicine that supposedly, doctors decide to give to a patient.
The patient's role and the effects of advertising is a valid discussion. Does advertising result in unnecessary drug use?
I still have the same question, does advertising result in increased drug use. Obviously, yes it does. It must be effective, it costs big bucks.
Why? Do the doctors miss the need for the drug or is it increased prescriptions that are not necessary?
I can understand the answer for recreational drugs like viagra, but what's the deal with cancer drugs, etc?