One of the links that I found relevant an interesting on the FDA website about Prescription Drug Advertising is on the “Basics of Drug Ads.” Drug ads are so common nowadays in commercials on TV and radio, magazines, and websites. This page was informative on the different types of drug ads such as Reminder Advertisements, Help-Seeking, and Product Claim Promotional. I found this helpful and consumer friendly because now that I think about the different drug advertisements I’ve seen, I know now what the specific goal of the ads are. This page also went over the difference between prescription drugs, and over-the-counter drugs which is important to know because prescription drugs are ones where medical professionals control how much and what they give the patient because it can be dangerous for a patient to just take the drug however they want to.
Consumers might still be at risk because billions of dollars are spent in the pharmaceutical industry, but some drugs are not proven to be that effective. For example, there is a debate on whether or not antidepressants work. I see new commercials for antidepressants often and that controversy on if they are effective or not come to mind.