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   Posted 6/4/2009 10:35 PM (GMT -6)   
There's a pain-medicine commercial that's been playing on the TV for a while now that just ticks me off. I *think* it's for Aleve, but I'm not sure. Anyway, it has a middle-age lady who loves badminton, but playing it makes her knees hurt. Her doctor says that she's damaging her knees and she says, "That's not the answer I want to hear." and goes on to promote the pain medicine, because if she's feeling no pain, then it's okay to keep damaging her knees.

WHAT??? Just because someone's not feeling any pain doesn't mean they should do something that's not healthy for them!!! nono That woman is going to miss her knees when she can't use them anymore. You know? If the body hurts because it's doing something - there's a reason for it. What the bloody blue blazes is that medicine company trying to promote??? Commercials like that just tick me off.

It doesn't make me angry when they promote pain meds for people who want to do simple things like climb the stairs or zip their clothes, but come on, there's a limit. Dontcha think?


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   Posted 6/4/2009 11:17 PM (GMT -6)   
You're right Patheral. I actually hadn't paid enough attention to the commercial to realize the message it was sending, but you're absolutely right. It's ridiculous. Anything to sell a pill.

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   Posted 6/4/2009 11:58 PM (GMT -6)   
I haven't seen it but wow, that's shameful. Find their web site and write to them. You'd be surprised what one or two people complaining can do. I got a commercial off a local radio station because I found it very offensive. It was something about " if I can't listen to the John Doe show then I'll jump off a bridge" Obviously I used a fake name but that was the basically what was said. I immediately emailed the station and I never heard it again. I also got a very sincere letter of apology.

I lost a son to suicide and it's no joke...which is what I told them. This is a huge radio station and a most popular personality who did the commercial so give it a try and I'll bet you get some action...especially if others join in.

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   Posted 6/5/2009 8:14 AM (GMT -6)   

For all of you who really know me on this forum, commericals for pain meds is one of my biggest peeves.  Dr. Franks...those  people that were wheelchair bound can now play tennis! When they list their conditions that this product will cure, Fibro is one of them?  Oh really?  I was a moron and desperate and believe me, all it did was make me fart.  They sent me a free trial size for my dogs leaves a greasy slime in the bowl and the dogs would reluctantly drink it but it did nothing...I love the image of the dog the woman is pushing around in a baby buggy then a week later he is running on the beach.  Probably shot the poor animal with a triple dose of Morphine before shooting the commercial.

I just laugh at the lawyer commericals.  "If you have suffered stroke, heart attack, seizures or death after taking Toprolaminsinal after hip surgery, call the offices of Bloodsucker, Leach and Parasite at 1-800-Bite Me."   I'd love to be able to call a lawyers office if I was dead, and collect a million dollars.

I'm with ya...what a crock!





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   Posted 6/5/2009 9:03 AM (GMT -6)   
My favorite one is the one "if you had a pain pump after having shoulder surgery and you have crackling sounds call 1-800-I am trying to get rich with this".  I told DH I haven't had shoulder surgery but all my joints crackle.
I have seen that Aleve commercial, what they won't say to sell their products. shakehead
Donna, that is what they count on is people desperate enough to buy their product just once.
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   Posted 6/6/2009 3:57 AM (GMT -6)   
Sometimes I like to just count the number of commercials in an hour that are for meds. Sometimes it is one commercial in three. No wonder the health care industry needs reform - it is slave to the pharmaceutical industry! I am all in favor of MY meds, don't get me wrong :) but there really are so many commercials for drugs. It is annoying and strange to me.
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