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Old 27 January 2013, 11:53 PM
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Any drug commercial that ends with a horrific list of side effects.
Well to be fair it's not like they have much choice in the matter. They have disclose side effects and do so in a certain matter that is dictated to them. Now I do agree with you in that I don't like seeing gross side effects, but most are pretty mundane overall - if the product doesn't apply to me I tend to ignore them.

If I was in the market though, I would have to tolerate a bit of grossness since it is important to know side effects of drugs. Of course I don't tend to see many ads with those kinds of effects. Last one I recall was Olestra (I think)
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Old 28 January 2013, 12:35 AM
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Fast food commercials (particularly Hardees/Carl's Jr) where they show somebody bite into a burger and make a horrible slurping/crunching sound like they have the microphone inside their mouth.

Makes me gag watching it and totally puts me off their food that I would otherwise probably like.
Yes! And it's always an attractive person & they're filming it like they're supposed to be sexy. They make it look as disgusting as it sounds.

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Old 28 January 2013, 01:00 AM
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Not quite a commercial, but I've seen these as ads on the side of trucks: The abortion protesters who parade around pictures of bloody fetuses. It gives me the opposite reaction I'm supposed to have, because I don't see a tiny precious baby, I see medical waste. Gory pictures do nothing to make me feel any sympathy for the blob or any more horror at the procedure than a picture of an appendix would make me feel about an appendectomy.
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Old 28 January 2013, 01:06 AM
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I'd love to play the Apothecary in Romeo and Juliet, sell Romeo the poison, and reel off, "Caution: while using do not ride a horse or drive a coach. Side effects may include impotence, vomiting, baldness, standing close to the rhino, deafness, blindness, difficulty in urination, rapid heartbeat, seizures, incontinence, liver failure, the blind staggers, and living."
Once upon a very long time ago, I was in a summer school GATE Exploring English class and we did a Saturday Night Live sendup of Shakespeare's plays and taped it. I don't remember all the skits, but I know we did one on R&J's death potion with all the drug warnings. We also did a soap ad with Lady Macbeth (out, damned spot!).
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Old 28 January 2013, 02:02 AM
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Yeah, I know. I just found funny the way they tended to be listed two mutually exclusive possible side effects since it seemed to imply that both could happen at the same time.
I've had them both. It was the worst thing I've ever felt, no exaggeration. I absolutely HAD to go, but couldn't. It lasted an hour, most of which was spent in excruciating pain.
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Old 28 January 2013, 02:39 AM
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I've had insomnia & drowsiness at the same time as a drug side effect. I was exhausted at night but could not fall asleep. I seemed to stay in this odd twilight period that was probably technically sleep but never entered the deep sleep that my body needed. It was horrible. My poor husband finally drove me to the Dr & said that they HAD to find another solution as I couldn't function.
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Old 28 January 2013, 01:10 PM
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Incidentally, one early ep of The Cosby Show taught me that there's one thing worse than children singing badly—children playing instruments badly.
This... is not a toy! This... is a GOOSE-KILLER!
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Old 28 January 2013, 01:12 PM
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I've had them both. It was the worst thing I've ever felt, no exaggeration. I absolutely HAD to go, but couldn't. It lasted an hour, most of which was spent in excruciating pain.
That's not an uncommon experience for people who have irritable bowel syndrome.
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Old 28 January 2013, 02:27 PM
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Some car company used the Dandy Warhol's song Bohemian Like You in an ad. They only used one line of lyric "You've got a great car." but anyone who knew the song would add the next line "Yeah, what's wrong with it today."
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Old 28 January 2013, 04:24 PM
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Soon after 9/11 when everybody was basically falling all over themselves to brand themselves as red/white/blue patriots Wrangler jeans made a really flag waving commercial featuring Credence Cleerwater Revival's "Fortunate Son." The song itself is hardly about what they were trying to convey; as it's a condemnation of Vietnam War era draft policy and income inequality in the US.

Interestingly the makers of that commercial seemed to understand that. The commercial features a bunch of Americana type footage over the first two lines of the song "Some folks were born, made to wave the flag. Ohh they're red white and blue" and than fades out before the lines "when the band plays hail to the chief they point the cannon at you" and totally skips the later lines about how rich kids from politically connected families got to avoid the draft while poor kids were being conscripted to fight for their lives in war by their country.
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Old 28 January 2013, 04:57 PM
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Reminds me of when Microsoft used the Rolling Stones' "Start Me Up" for the Windows 95 ads. "You make a grown man cry" is not the sentiment you want to express when launching a new operating system.
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Old 28 January 2013, 08:37 PM
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Yea I don't recall who but I've seen fortunate son used for various right-winger campaign music despite the fact that the theme of the song is hardly in line with typical right-wing views.
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Old 28 January 2013, 11:32 PM
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Reminds me of when Microsoft used the Rolling Stones' "Start Me Up" for the Windows 95 ads. "You make a grown man cry" is not the sentiment you want to express when launching a new operating system.
THAT'S the one I was trying to remember! Aud 1's post reminded me of a similar ad, but I couldn't for the life of me recall the specific ad.
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Old 28 January 2013, 11:40 PM
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If I was in the market though, I would have to tolerate a bit of grossness since it is important to know side effects of drugs. Of course I don't tend to see many ads with those kinds of effects. Last one I recall was Olestra (I think)
Has anyone ever really made a serious, potentially life-changing medical decision based on a television advertisement? I understand that for medicines that boarder on the cosmetic (Latisse comes to mind) or recreational (I understand that some men who took Viagra really did have a medical problem*, or the side effect of a medical problem*, but it sure wasn't all of them) need to be advertised the same way cookies and beer are. But something like cholesterol medicine? Shouldn't that be entirely in the hands of your doctor, who has your medical history on hand, as well as list of your other medications? I really just can't see someone marching into their doctor's office and saying "You know, I absolutely want to try Tricore to tame my out of control triglycerides, because it was on TV!" Even if they did, wouldn't their doctor just squash that right into the ground?

*I understand that sexual dysfunction is real disease, with terrible effects on those who have it. I also understand that similar side effects can come from other diseases, such as diabetes. I'm not minimizing or mocking these unfortunate folks' medical conditions.
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Old 29 January 2013, 01:56 AM
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Any drug commercial that ends with a horrific list of side effects. I'd love to play the Apothecary in Romeo and Juliet, sell Romeo the poison, and reel off, "Caution: while using do not ride a horse or drive a coach. Side effects may include impotence, vomiting, baldness, standing close to the rhino, deafness, blindness, difficulty in urination, rapid heartbeat, seizures, incontinence, liver failure, the blind staggers, and living."
I always have to laugh at all the side effects listed. In many cases it seems that the cure is worse then the illness.
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Old 29 January 2013, 03:08 AM
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Wrangler jeans made a really flag waving commercial featuring Credence Cleerwater Revival's "Fortunate Son."
In an interview I saw on TV, John Fogerty was pretty upset about that, and made no secret about it.
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Old 29 January 2013, 03:18 AM
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Has anyone ever really made a serious, potentially life-changing medical decision based on a television advertisement?
Given that most of those commercials are for prescription drugs that you have to see a doctor for, I doubt many. They don't just put the side effects for a lark though, they are so that you can have a complete conversation with their doctor (and so that the manufacture can avoid a suit when the patient complains of adverse side effects). I think it just varies too much.

Suffice to say, the side effects are there for a legitimate reason and nothing more than raw information.
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Old 29 January 2013, 03:30 AM
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The FDA requires the mention of side effects for prescription drugs when a product claim is made:
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All product claim ads, regardless of the media in which they appear, must include certain key components within the main part of the ad:

The name of the drug (brand and generic)
At least one FDA-approved use for the drug
The most significant risks of the drug
"Reminder ads," which state the name of the drug but not its intended use, do not require the listing of side effects.

See:

http://www.fda.gov/Drugs/ResourcesFo.../ucm072077.htm

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Old 29 January 2013, 03:47 AM
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I should have been clearer - I kinda was earlier. They are required to be on the ads but they are a good idea from the manufacturer's perspective earlier My post above did not say it was required when I should have emphasized that it isn't done on a lark - they have to do it even if it is isn't pretty. If it isn't pretty, than there is probably a reason for it.

They still need to advertise it though so people can approach their doctors.
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Old 29 January 2013, 05:48 AM
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Technically it's not a commercial, but those "don't pirate this DVD" messages they were sticking on DVDs a few years ago kind of count.

I mean, either you bought or rented the DVD legally, or you already pirated it. Either way, it's a little too late for that message.
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