In the 1980s, Nancy Reagan told Americans to “Just Say No” to recreational drugs.
Now a handful of legislators are just saying no to TV commercials for prescription drugs. The politicians are taking aim at the 60-second spots that have made viewers familiar with maladies like male urinary urgency and deficient eyelashes — not to mention side effects like four-hour erections.
Not all of the ideas being floated have merit, and one in particular is just irritating:
Representative James P. Moran, Democrat of Virginia, is sponsoring a House bill that would ban ads for prescription sexual aids like Viagra and Levitra from prime-time television, on decency grounds.
I guess Rep. Moran can't handle hearing the word "erection" on television. And that's supposed to be worse than the plethora of other drugs being peddled via television advertisements?
As noted in the New York Times article, there are only two countries allowing
direct-to-consumer drug advertisements: the United States and New Zealand.
What is worse? Restless leg syndrome or nausea, dizziness, drowsiness, trouble sleeping, constipation, unusual weakness, stomach upset and pain, headache, dry mouth, hallucinations, difficulty moving or walking, trouble breathing, twitching, confusion, fainting, leg/foot swelling, restlessness, chest pain, unusually fast/slow heartbeat, sudden irresistible urge to sleep, muscle pain, vision problems, fever, and severe muscle stiffness?
Oh, just pop a Fukitol or two. Or take a more beneficial route outside of Big Pharma.
We had the right idea back in the late 1800s.