One point is that it seems that anyone can do a DTC ad. The “distinguished doctor” was not a doctor, but a fraud. He recommends people take an anti-cholesterol drug. So, consumers thought that he was a real doctor. Obviously, since he’s not a doctor, he shouldn’t have recommended any drugs or posed as a doctor.
The second point is that the United States and New Zealand are the only two countries in the world that allow DTC ads. New Zealand’s population is four million while the United States population is over 325 million. So, it could—is—drastically affect the population. Also, it’s disturbing that there are only two countries in the world that allow DTC ads. I’m also wondering why the FDA eased up on companies when it’s purpose to inform the people.
The third point is that these DTC ads serves as a way to give us a direct approach to what you should buy. Instead, it should just inform the consumer about the product and give them a choice comfortably. An acceptable public health solution should be a product that informs the positive and negative effects to the consumer. They should be well informed and can make the decision on their own.