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When Healthcare Advertising Hurts Patients

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Osler “Pete” Peterson

617-969-1500 – Newton

November 2018

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Drug Makers Spend Millions on Advertising Because It Works

Most Americans take anything they see advertised on television or the internet with a grain of salt. Good, but the fact is that advertising works even if we think we are not swayed by the latest jingle or funny slogan. Otherwise, why would companies spend millions on ads to try and convince you to buy their product or service? The same holds true for drug and healthcare marketing, which often uses emotional hooks to gain your trust. But the stakes are much higher when it comes to your health. And that’s why you should read this newsletter for tips on healthcare marketing that goes too far.

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When Do Drug and Healthcare Ads Push Ethical Boundaries?

You’d be right if you suspect that drug makers are spending A LOT more on TV advertising. Pharmaceutical companies have more than doubled ad spending in just the past four years, making it the second-fastest growing ad category in the nation. Other healthcare providers – from local hospitals to nationally-known cancer treatment centers – are also upping the advertising ante. But when do healthcare promotions cross ethical boundaries and the ancient pledge to all patients of  “do no harm?” You should know!

BY THE NUMBERS

1 in 20

One in 20 Google searches are health related and the first place consumers turn for answers, 57 percent versus 32 percent who start with a doctor.

VIDEO BOOKMARK

10 Questions You Should Ask Your Doctor

Parsing fact from hype starts with good doctor-patient communication. Doctor Mike shares the questions he would ask in this video.

THE DOCKET

POSITIVE BUT PAINFUL ADS

Some patients say healthcare ads that feature happy, healed people and miraculous recoveries spread false hope.

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e-cigarettes in the news

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From my daily American Association for Justice newsletter –

 

US officials say e-cigarettes cannot be allowed to become a conduit for teenage addiction.

In a Washington Post (10/11, 12.5M) op-ed, HHS Secretary Alex M. Azar and FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb write that they are “deeply concerned about the risks that e-cigarettes pose for children, given how quickly teenage use of these products has accelerated.” Azar and Gottlieb say it is “crucial that e-cigarettes do not become an on-ramp for children to become addicted to nicotine. But at the same time, we believe e-cigarettes can be an important off-ramp for adults who are addicted to combustible cigarettes.” The duo add that they “know that the steps we have taken thus far are not enough. We are considering limits on the marketing and features of e-cigarettes to reverse their appeal and availability to minors. We are also actively reconsidering our policy under which certain e-cigarettes – particularly the products with flavors that might appeal to children – can remain on the market without submitting a premarket application to the FDA until 2022.”

FDA warns e-cigarette manufacturer over selling liquids containing erectile dysfunction meds.

The Philadelphia Inquirer (10/11, Schaefer, 928K) reports the FDA issued a warning letter on Thursday to e-cigarette maker HelloCig Electronic Technology after the agency found that it was selling the prescription erectile dysfunction drugs tadalafil and/or sildenafil in e-liquid form. FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb announced, “There are no e-liquids that contain prescription drugs that have been proven safe or effective through this route of administration.”

The Washington Examiner (10/11, King, 299K) reports the FDA statement accompanying the warning letter said, “These FDA-approved prescription drugs are not approved for inclusion in e-liquid products sold over the counter and are therefore being sold illegally.”

MedPage Today (10/11, Boyles, 52K) reports Gottlieb added, “There are no e-liquid products approved to contain prescription drugs or any other medications that require a doctor’s supervision.”

See the movie 9/26

Suicide The Ripple Effect

 

Look for both the Medfield Coalition for Suicide Prevention (MCSP) and Medfield Cares About Prevention (MCAP) at shared booths tomorrow at Medfield Day on Frairy Street.

MCSP presents the movie, “SUICIDE the Ripple Effect,” on 9/26 at MHS

The Medfield Coalition for Suicide Prevention (MCSP) is a coalition created in September 2017 composed of community members/professionals who desire to promote mental health. We recognize that suicide has touched our town and by coming together, we can form an initiative that raises awareness and has the potential to save lives . Please visit our website at medfieldcsp.org
MCSP is an initiative of Medfield Foundation, Inc. (MFi). For more information, visit medfieldfoundation.org.
 

Don’t miss the opportunity to see this film on September 26th about hope and preventing suicide. A huge thank you to Anna Mae O’Shea Brooke, one of the founders of our coalition, for coordinating this for Medfield! Tickets available here…

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Join the Medfield Coalition for Suicide Prevention (MedfieldCSP.org) as we host a screening and panel discussion of “Suicide: The Ripple Effect“. “The film chronicles the story of Kevin Hines, who at age 19 attempted to take his life by jumping from the Golden Gate Bridge. Since then Kevin has b…

Mosquito spraying ends

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Norfolk County Mosquito Control ending spraying –

Email yesterday from Norfolk County Mosquito Control –

 

Good Morning,

 

This week will be our last week of spraying.  We will continue to monitor both the mosquito populations and virus activity throughout the District and may do supplemental spraying if conditions warrant.

 

Elizabeth Donnell

Norfolk County Mosquito Control District

144 Production Road, Suite C

Walpole, MA  02081

WEST NILE VIRUS RISK INCREASED TO MODERATE

Email today from the Board of Health –

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WEST NILE VIRUS RISK INCREASED TO MODERATE

the state has upgraded the ENTIRE state to the “moderate” level due to increase in activity re: WNV exposure.

———- Forwarded message ———-
From: Officer, MRPC Duty <mrpcdutyofficer@challiance.org>
Date: Tue, Aug 21, 2018 at 12:08 PM
Subject: Situational Awareness: Statewide West Nile Virus Risk Level Change
To:

To: MRPC Stakeholders

 

Date: Tuesday, August 21, 2018

 

Time: 12pm

 

Subject: Statewide West Nile Virus Risk Level Change

 

Description:  MDPH has elevated the West Nile virus risk level to moderate statewide. This wide-scale increase was driven by expanding and intensifying positive mosquito findings. A press release will be issued shortly. The majority of WNV human cases occur during August and September. Please take this opportunity to urge your residents/patients to take personal protective activities to avoid mosquito bites.  Please visit results: http://www.mosquitoresults.com for updated risk maps and positive findings. If you have questions please call Matt Osborne at (617) 983-4366.

 

Regional Impact: Multiple communities across Region 4AB have a moderate risk for West Nile Virus exposure according to  http://www.mosquitoresults.com, the Massachusetts Arbovirus daily update provided by the Massachusetts Executive Office of Health and Human Services

 

MRPC Activation Level: Steady-State Monitoring, non-activated.

 

Follow up: The MRPC will continue to monitor the State’s West Nile Virus severity in the region and will provide updates from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health as they become available.

 

Attachments: None.

 

MRPC Duty Officer

Pager: (857)-239-0662

Email: mrpcdutyofficer@challiance.org (not monitored 24/7)

Riverside helps teens with depression

From our local mental health agency, Riverside Community Care’s monthly newsletter –

Riverside parents

 

Watch the true story of Maia, a teen who had depression and was suicidal, as told by her parents. Riverside Life Skills Centers in Needham and Milford help teens who have significant mental health issues such as anxiety, depression, and mood disorders. At Life Skills, the teens learn more about their mental health, gain understanding of their behavior, and acquire healthy coping skills. It’s truly a life changing program.

 

Watch the video