Honestly, I'm getting sick of these things. And just yesterday I saw one that took the cake! It was a class-action lawsuit commercial that said, "If you have taken" (I kid you not) "Tylonol, Ibuprofin, or Advil and have suffered side effects such as ulcers or damage to your stomach lining, call us. We will go to work for you."
Sounds drastic, right? I mean, ulcers? Damage to the lining of your stomach? NO FUCKING SHIT! The problem I have with this is that these meds warn you about this...um...on the side of the bottle!!! I saw a commercial that asked ppl to call if they took birth control and suffered from blood clots or stroke. Isn't that one of the first things we are told when we start taking these? If not from the doc prescibing them then from the pharmacist. I was told. And in addition I was given a sheet from CVS, in addition to the info slip that came with every script, that very clearly said these were possible side effects.
THEN, I saw a commercial that said, I shit you not, "If you have taken Vicodine, Darvacet, Oxycoidone, or Percocet, and have suffered from addiction, call our law office." Really? Painkillers cause dependancy? When did that happen? Oh, wait, a long fucking time ago! For those of us old enough to remember, back in like the 80's or 90's we all learned that Stievie Nicks got hooked on Vicodine. I myself have a running script with my doc (due to my migraines) for vicodine. One of the FIRST things he went over with me was the fact that they were extremely addictive. And we all know that Oxy is just heroin in pill form. Ok, we don't all know that Percocet is just a derivitive of Oxy, but everyone knows it's addictive.
What's got my feathers all ruffled is this...I don't think that you should be able to sue drug companies for something they warned you about. Whether you were warned by the doc, the info sheet or by reading the side of the bottle, you knew. And they knew you knew when the FDA made them include a list of possible side effects. Now don't get me wrong, if you suffer a side effect not listed that fucks you up, then sure. Sue em. You didn't know what you were getting into. But addiction to painkillers? Liver problems from Ibuprofin? Duh!
I just think that these law offices are going a LOT overboard when they start sueing the makers of Tylonol. Tylonol has been around since 1953. I think if the company should be sued, it would have happened by now. But since we live in a sue happy world, now the lawyers are trying to cash in on it. I agree that there is a increase in perscription drug use, but when you start going after something that is sold over-the-counter that anyone can buy, you're pushing it. It is obviously safe enough to not need a script. Right now I have a bottle of asprin and a bottle of ibuprofin sitting next to me. They both have all the possible side effects listed that the commercial was siting as reason to sue.
Lawyers, stop already! It's gotten out of control. Sue a drug company because you took Amoxicillin and your baby was born with 3 eyes. Or because you took Xanax and it made you vomit blood. Hell, I'm even cool with sueing Tylonol...if it makes your skin fall off. Until those things happen, stop with the lawsuits. Or at least stop with the commercials. I'm afraid for the life of my T.V. I may have to kick the screen out next time I see a