This piece is a result of a couple of pieces that I have written before and some interaction in comments on pieces from others about prescription drugs advertisements. They are rife in the popular culture these days, on TeeVee, on radio, and in print. I really think that this is a horrible idea, and will explain as time progresses.
First, I must do a bit of historical treatment. When I was in pharmacy school (I did not stay long, because I decided that I should be on the other side of the wall, developing new drugs, but that did not work out either) adverts for prescription drugs were only allowed in professional medical journals. I mean it.
Those you 50 or older will probably, if you think hard enough about it, days when these drugs were not in the popular media. Some of you might also recall that tobacco adverts were! I still remember the jingles for cigars and cigarettes.