Monday, June 21, 2010

Drug Worse than the Malady?

I just saw another one. A commercial for a drug touted to relieve the symptoms of a serious illness. The funny (or not so funny when you think about it) thing is that the side effects mirror the symptoms of the illness the drug is supposed to treat. I know you've noticed this. The announcer has a bright, chirpy voice for the first two-thirds of the commercial telling you of the miraculous healing you'll receive. Then for the final third, the voice over artist takes it down a notch, lowering his or her pitch and in rapid fire fashion lists the side effects. By the time the commercial is over, my head is spinning. Will it help? Will it hurt? Will I be worse off for taking something that's supposed to help? Good grief.
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