Quickies: Call for ban on drug advertising, anti-vaxxers, and the end of lads’ mags



Amanda is a science grad student in Boston whose favorite pastimes are having friendly debates and running amok.

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  1. November 19, 2015 at 11:55 am —

    As a consumer, I’ve been dismayed and loathing drug ads for decades! I didn’t spend x years in medical school &tc. so I take a doctor’s advise on which medications to take. I wouldn’t trust a car repair to someone who doesn’t know cars (such as myself), I’m not gonna do the same with my health. Bravo!

  2. November 19, 2015 at 2:34 pm —

    Relax, everyone, it’s not the end of porn.

    It’s the end of print media.

    But I could’ve told you that. Every time Time publishes a jeremiad about millennials, they just got a report that print media’s share of the market shrank.

  3. November 20, 2015 at 12:25 am —

    Rebecca Harreman deserves great kudos for her courage against the antivaxxers, especially at a time when she must have been feeling exhausted and vulnerable with a sick baby.
    A few kind words of encouragement from this community could go a long way, if the opportunity arises. Salut!

  4. November 20, 2015 at 1:43 pm —

    Banning direct-to-consumers drug advertising is a good start.

    I would add direct-to-doctors advertising as well, including “perks” that are invariably coercive in the choice of treatment options no matter how “uncorruptible” the doctors believe themselves to be.

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