Any television ad for a prescription medication. The idea is that a patient will go to their doctorbto ask them to prescribe the crap they just saw on the TV. At that point, it is just inefficient government over-regulation of drug dealers.
@mike808 Actually, if you think about it, the drug companies’ lobbyists got congress to allow prescription drug ads several years ago. The US and NZ are the only countries in the world that allow this. Over time just about every commercial you see now on mainstream news like CNN, MSNBC, FOX, CNBC, etc. is a prescription drug ad. The result: you will never ever see a news story that is critical of a big drug company or their product because the ads will be pulled and the network will lose billions and potentially face lawsuits.
My graduate office-mate (and later best man) believed that ALL drugs should be legal for ANYONE to prescribe to themselves. I never did quite decide on that one.
I had several doctors (cardiologist, pulmonologist, rheumatologist) a few years ago brought in on my heart/lung infections that put me in the hospital for a total of about four weeks and led to my early retirement from full-time teaching. My issues were many, including a-fib, PE, neck and chest pain, and they worried about further thromboses.
The rheumatologist advertised his practice heavily as “evidence-based medicine”. But he never bothered to show ME any of the “evidence” – he prescribed everything from anti-RA medicine to chemotherapy medicine and even touted possible lupus. I thought he was guessing. The only Rx that seemed to me to help was for the corticosteroids (nearly instant relief! – but I think that prolonged use of those is why I now have bad joints). Finally, in the hospital, the cardiologist prescribed rat poison and anti-aFib medicine. I was also on an antibiotic IV drip for several days.
Symptoms mostly went away after about a week of all that. They never reached a conclusion on the underlying cause.
During that time, I also learned that I cannot take any opioid-based medicine. It slows my heart rate drastically – went down into the low 30s in the ER. (I’ve also been into the 210s!)
I’m still on the aFib medicine and daily adult aspirin about fifteen years later (and will probably be for the rest of my life). Annual visits to the cardiologist show good signs now. I try to get all the exercise he recommends and then some.
Occasional flutters and general old age are only noticeable features now.
Big call now for “science-based” medicine. Great. But what do you do when the scientists don’t agree? Too much One-size-fits-all, IMO.
Mehdicine. I think, they don’t know as much as they think.
Ah, yes, 1967, the golden days of DDB’s campaign for VW. And 1967 was also the end of an era for them; the retirement of the split-windshield Bus for Europe, Canada and the US, for one thing. And at the same time the beginning of a new one; the first year of the 12V electrical system, the first year of not having a glass cover over the headlights, and some other techie bits. In the '70s and early '80s, I was a VW enthusiast. That ended for me very abruptly in 1985.
Bought a new Jetta wagon with 1.8l & 5-sp manual in 2002-2003. Financed it thru Volkswagen @ 0.9% (not a typo; they basically loaned us the money for nothing). One of the best cars I’ve ever owned: quick, fun-to-drive, structurally solid. Mechanically bulletproof. Interior was starting to disintegrate @ 115,000mi (TX summers will do that), so we gifted it to local non-profit. They drove it almost another 85,000mi.
I’ll give kudos to any car from that generation lasting 200k & delivering 28-30mpg.
Not a diesel. The 1.9l TDI got great mileage, and was perhaps even longer-lasting engine, but acceleration & responsiveness was poor and diesel fuel was often 2x the price of unleaded back then.