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Sign Petition To Stop Television Prescription Drug Ads
Petition Background (Preamble):
Last year, the Journal of the American Medical Association puts death from all drugs, illegal and prescription, second only behind car accidents as a cause of death.
The rise in deaths coincides with the direct marketing of prescription medication to the public. Prescription drug sales have soared nearly 500 percent since 1990.
The pharmaceutical industry is a multi-trillion dollar business. Companies spend billions on advertising and promotions for prescription drugs. Pharmaceutical companies claim their drug ads are "educational" to the public. The public seems to genuinely believe that drugs advertised on TV are safe, in spite of the plethora of side effects listed. Many of these drugs have proven deadly.
Every day it’s estimated 2,500 teens abuse a prescription pain killer for the first time.
The White House Office of National Drug Control policy had been planning to unveil an ad campaign to target prescription drug abuse by teens. It is time to stop this form of advertising by the pharmaceutical companies.
The Sign Petition To Stop Television Prescription Drug Ads petition to U.S. Congress, FCC, FDA, European Commission, EMEA was written by Marlene B. and is in the category Health at GoPetition. Contact author here. Petition tags: petition, drugs, prescription drugs, drug overdose, drug death, fda, fcc, television ads, side effects, pharmaceutical companies, doctors, physicians, hospital deaths, pills