April 24, 2010
Vaccine and fibromyalgia ads hit mainstream media
“Traditionally, fibromyalgia falls under the scope of rheumatologists. But today, primary care doctors, podiatrists, osteopaths, psychiatrists, neurologists — plus nurse practitioners — are overseeing long-term fibromyalgia treatment,” exults an article on WebMD.
And sure enough, Pfizer ads on WLS-AM radio in Chicago exhort women to see their “nurse practitioner” for fibromyalgia because a visit “only takes five minutes.” As if time, not money or health, were the only issue.
Sure, private insurance and government entitlement programs may cover the $100-to-$200 a month cost for Cymbalta, Savella and Lyrica now that they are approved for fibromyalgia, raised insurance rates and squandered tax dollars notwithstanding……..
…….Just as GSK’s HPV “glamour” ad, which debuted at the Oscars, seems to sell perfume but actually sells cervical cancer, poster-sized ads on Chicago’s CTA Red Line seem to sell individual Chicago neighborhoods but actually “sell” the many women at risk for cervical cancer in those neighborhoods. Very different.
GSK’s Cervarix and Merck’s Gardasil vaccines for the HPV virus are so lucrative the pharma giants are trying to position cervical cancer as the next big risk here – and in poor countries. But cervical cancer actually killed 12 times fewer people in 2009 than hospital-acquired infections according to Dr. Joseph Mercola — and 49 unexplained, Gardasil-linked deaths have been reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention according to the Washington Examiner. Meanwhile, India has suspended trials with the vaccines after six suspicious deaths, says the Malaysian National News Agency this week.