No surprises here, but great that this issue is being made even more public. I have friends who take layers of Rx meds to deal with Rx meds upon Rx meds. Doctors will prescribe anything if you ask for it. And our insurance skyrockets paying for all this. No-one seems to bother to ask what interacts with what! I had a recent minor medical issue in a routine blood test and my doctor was immediately on the phone requesting me to have tests (some invasive) and so on. I said NO. Let me investigate. I did my research. Turns out several OTC supplements he had recommended (heartburn, etc,) may have affected the lab readings. Did he look at my chart and figure this out? No. I did my research and dropped those, and added one which I should have been taking. They (docs) are all about the simple solution (for them) - test for everything and rule it in or out, and cover their malpractice "behinds".
When my daughter had lung cancer, stage IV terminal, her oncologist was trying exploratory drugs right to the last weeks. And quality of life was horrific. Hospice was a "bad word". When my husband was diagnosed with the same, we opted hospice immediately. The oncologist sort of washed her hands of us for that meant no income and drug payouts. Co-ordination of necessary meds was confusing and useless at times.
My own cancer diagnosis and treatment was luckily resolved (almost 20 years ago) with surgery and radiation (gynecological). I did not have to deal with a medical oncologist, relief! It seems they are mostly committed to trying whatever their salespeople bring them sometimes. The patient is secondary.
As for TV ads - "ask your doctor" - never ending for just about anything and even things which probably don't exist. It seems they make up conditions and diseases just to sell their drugs! Big pharma has to pay for the ads, and make their profit. Who benefits is about 1% of the equation. Except for them.
You have to be your own advocate. You have to read and understand and then ask and decide what makes sense for you. Elders especially are prescribed so many drugs that many counter effect the others, leaving them confused and weak. I've read some great books on this topic.
And one book I recommend to anyone, a recap of which is now being shown on PBS FRONTLINE, "Being Mortal". Gawande, Atul
Not exactly about TV ads and big pharma, but the concept applies to us all.