Sunday, October 04, 2015

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MY WIFE and I are both coughing and hacking and bringing up lovely stuff from our lungs and having headaches and generally feeling like pieces of crap.

(Maybe we're not feeling like pieces of crap. I've never had a conversation with a piece of crap, so I'm not positive that I know how a piece of crap feels. I apologize to any pieces of crap I may have inadvertently offended.)

Aside from the coughing and hacking, there's good news! I'm in the Boston Herald again!

(Well, at least I think it's good news. You may have another opinion.)

Since I am sick and coughing and hacking, you should probably get out of here as fast as you can, before you catch something and start coughing and hacking. So go to the Boston Herald website RIGHT NOW!!!

(*COUGH*)

(*HACK*)

Soon, with more better stuff.

11 comments:

joeh said...

Excellent point delivered with the usual humor.

The sad thing about these prescription drug warnings is that you can not get the drug legally without first seeing a Doctor who would (one would hope) warn you of potential side effects, and then the Pharmacist does the same after filling the prescription, so the cover you ass legal warnings on the TV ads that no one ever really hears are to protect the drug companies from being sued by people who get and use the drugs illegally!

My favorite warning is "If you find yourself trying to commit suicide while using *****, consult a doctor as soon as possible."

joeh said...

Oh yeah, Get well soon!

Suldog said...

Oh, Joe, I know. The warnings are just so bizarre. "May increase suicidal thoughts and tendencies" - mind you, that's for a supposed anti-depressant!

messymimi said...

Supposedly the anti-depressant brings you far enough out of your depression that you are now able to contemplate suicide, where you were so depressed before you were beyond bothering to think about it, even it seemed like it would be too much effort. Or, that's what i've been told.

Anyway, the moment you say that warnings which should be obvious to any fool need not be in the ad, some fool will do the very thing it should be obvious s/he shouldn't do, and the company will be sued. So, i'm sure those warnings will stay.

Daryl said...

i used to work in advertising and pre-drug advertising there was a lot of talk about how to set up the warnings .. in magazines the drug company must often take 2-3 pages to spell out all the possible side effects ...

last night as Ray watched football i noticed an ad for a cancer drug - Pfizer - which went on and on about extending the lives of cancer patients .. there was fine print at the bottom of the screen .. basically it said those taking the drug lived 9.5 MONTHS longer than those who didnt and at the end of the spot the voice over thanked the doctors and patients who participated in the drug trial ... i assume some of the patients are still alive ...

maybe they should say listening to these commercials could cause depression ....

Shammickite said...

I hardly ever watch live TV these days, I record everything I want to see and zap through the ads, especially if I am watching a US station. I can't stand those longwinded drug ads with gabbled warnings of disastrous side effects, closely followed by the next ad which is usually for lawyers who will litigate for you if the drugs didn't quite kill you.

Cleary Squared said...

Even worse: the payday loan ads that tell you that money is easy to get...but you're paying 348% APR and won't pay off the balance in three years. Those are the ones you can't read even if you tried.

Hilary said...

I simply don't trust advertised drugs. That having been said.. what are you taking for that nasty cough? ;)

Hope you both feel much better very soon.

It's.a.crazy.world said...

Great article ~ our favorite commercial to make fun of is the Flonase "6 is greater than 1". You know, because the math is just so incredibly complicated......

Mich said...

Good article. All of my relatives that have visited the States have been appalled at the ads for prescription drugs.

Hope you and YOUR WIFE get better soon! Have some bourbon, it cures everything.

Juli G said...

I personally find the bags of peanuts labeled "May contain peanuts" a bit redundant.

I mean, yeah... I would hate to think I paid good money for a bag of air...