The C___a commercial was playing. They came to the side-effects warning. The announcer went on and on and on. The smiley, happy portion extolling the virtues of this antidepressant was actually shorter than was the litany of negative things that might happen, or had been known to happen in rare cases.
"Oh, man!" I said. This stuff will kill you in thirty-nine different ways, but dang! You will feel better while you are dying!"
BBBH is a believer in these warnings. I was witness to her conversation with her primary care physician about that very thing. He really was annoyed; he could hardly keep his cool. Those warnings made him so angry he could scarce contain himself. Well, I wonder why that is.
Now I reveal the troglodyte within me. I hate, hate, hate with a purple passion the advertising of pharmaceuticals on the airwaves and in the print media. (There oughta be a law.)* I am also less than fond of the advertising by lawyers who prey on people who have been "injured" by one of the drugs advertised. (There oughta be another law.) I really like the "If you or someone you know has ... ... experienced death..." line. Does anyone else see a vicious cycle here?
Yes, I know how annoyed the television industry would be with people who think as I do.
Or maybe I have become such a curmudgeon that everything annoys me these days.
(If you has [sic] experienced death, call a lawyer.)
*I am not one who believes government should control our lives. But where are the ethics?