Pharmaceutical companies spend billions of dollars marketing drugs to doctors. We have a few issues with that.
Wait…Google is a doctor?
Shame Jon Stewart is leaving. This guy can’t even hold a candle to the Great Jon Stewart. He’s just so not funny compared to Stewart.
This is great… ahhh big pharma,lol…. OneLove.
……Pharmaceutical companies spend billions of dollars marketing drugs to doctors. We have a few issues with that.
John Oliver – Top lad bringing British Humour to America and owning it at the same time.
Like most conspiracy theories, there is a nugget of truth to the Big Pharma scare. However, for the record, eating vegetables and having a strong immune system won’t stop measles or Ebola.
Pharmaceutical companies spend millions on marketing to doctors.. Here’s a glimpse behind the prescription #pharmaceutical #prescriptions #marketing
Guys, why are the new videos not available in Australia? Does anybody know? They used to be.
Okay so I looked up MY doctor. He only has one account on record for this year. It is for $13.41 from a Pharm. Rep.. So either my doctor is a really cheap date. OR my doctor is on the up and up. OR my doctor is intelligent enough to NOT report everything he is given.
I mean who is responsible for ensuring the reports are accurate? Who ensures every item is accounted for? I guess what I’m saying is that with every system. It is only as good as those that use it.
What’s amazing is I applied to many pharm companies for this job and similar positions.. I’m a chem major, army medic, licensed EMT, and have 5 years in the medical field. Despite this, I was told I’m not qualified to do this job.
The part about high school boyfriends cracked my ribs.
Shame on you, big pharmaceutical.
…i miss scrubs.
Wellbutrin gave me a boner from a stiff breeze but it made me super hungry all the time so it made me chubby & gave me a chubby.
Hey, Political Science is awesome!
I’m very proud my doc is listed as having taken ZERO
One problem with this video is that political scientists, on average, make $102K annually, making political science one of the top paying jobs available, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. So, that joke about political science majors moving back in with their parents doesn’t make any sense.
Seroquil knocks you the fuck out.
what is wrong with the us?! really i am israeli and when i say “what is wrong with you” you should be worried!
So … John Oliver REALLY believes that a doctor is going to prescribe a drug that she knows will be harmful to her patient because … a sales rep gave her office some sandwiches the week before?? SERIOUSLY, John?? Or maybe it is because the drug company is giving the doctor money, directly. “Here’s $10,000, Doc. Now kill your patient by giving them our drug that they don’t need”. Sure Oliver is all cute and whatnot, but at some point ya gotta say “uh, huh??”
There have been multiple reforms within the pharma rep industry. I think John does a great job of describing the old system that allowed free reign of anything. But there are tightening regulations such as only being able to give a doctor a set amount. But it is getting better.
Most doctors do not prescribe based on the gifts given. Additionally, many pharma reps are actually very educated about the products they are selling.
There will always be exceptions just as in anything but it should not lead one to think all the people involved in this industry don’t care about a patient’s needs.
+LastWeekTonight Who was the doctor that got the meal worth 4 cents? I really need to know.
Great… turns out my doctor takes tons of payments. Shit…
Love you!!!! :D
At 16:14, is that the AVGN 20-30 years from now in the green shirt?
As a premed student I found this incredibly fascinating. I hope he does more videos on the topic.
Hey that was my local news for the abc7. #larrybeil
The Parma white lady bragging about the modest meal. I wanna fuck her and grill her over and over again to eat.
watch out – here is modern medicine approaching …
Woo! Don’t remember the last time I took something more potent than an asprin.
This is one of many reasons why I don’t think Doctors should be in control of prescriptions at all. They should simply be advisors to you, not control what medicine you can and can’t get. (In case you can’t tell, yes, I’ve had doctors use the fact that I need a seizure medication daily if I want to remain outside a wheelchair to extort money in the form of uneccessary doctor’s visits to “review” a prescription that hasn’t changed in several years.) The doctors simply can’t be trusted with your life. At least, if it’s your decision, you pay the price for your own stupidity. When you trust doctors, you get to spend the rest of your life paying for THEIR stupidity (and sadly, yes, I do speak from experience there, too).
That said, I also think that this practice of marketing on the part of big pharma should be strictly illegal. Let them “market” with research papaers in peer-reviewed journals (that hopefully doctors read… but personal experience shows that they probably don’t).
My doctor prescribed me wellbutrin a few years back when I told him about my depression( No he never even bothered bringing up the idea of a psychiatrist or psychologist} Needless to say these drugs enhanced suicidal thoughts and tendencies… Who are we supposed to trust anymore?!
I’ve taken Seroquel before. But, I am diagnosed with bipolar disorder 2. So, I guess it’s okay? But literally, that drug numbed my tongue; I was unable to close my mouth, until I was knocked unconscious for several hours. And I had to take it twice a day. So, I literally had no life. All my symptoms were gone because I was sleeping for 20 hours a day.
Who was it that played the doctor at the end? His name’s on the tip of my tounge but can’t quite remember who else he’s played.
Haha jokes on you pharmaceutical companies, I never get sick and when I do my body can heal itself
Finally, bullshit-free show
It’s cause of shit like this we’re gonna run out of antibiotics soon… I hope the Money serves them well when they’re all dead.
694 Pharma reps were ordered to dislike this video
The end of this reminds me of Canadian “Free” Health Care. It’s all our shitty Doctors do, is toss pills at EVERYTHING. I went in for test, everything came back negative and they couldn’t find what was wrong with me. So… they gave me two prescriptions, neither for pain control. I said, “Wait, you don’t know what’s wrong with me, but you’re giving me pills for fix it?” The one Nurse just looked at me like I was the idiot, and I told them “Thanks for nothing.” and walked out. Oh, and the prescriptions were going to cost me, $350 for TWO WEEKS of… whatever the fuck they thought I might have, even tho test said they couldn’t find anything. I’m completely sick of our Health Care system (and know I’m not the only one). It’s broken and falling apart. It may be “Free”, but I think being one of the most taxed nations proves otherwise.
Last week tonight almost always show stuff that explain why letting the free market decide everything is a very bad idea.
that was probably the funniest video of his i’ve seen. well done john oliver xD
And im sitting here taking seroquel
Thought Leader=meat puppet
To that bladder medication lady: When that happens, I have plenty of antipsychotics you can take. They help out a lot.
That cristal meth tangent in the closing ad :)
Este é um dos – principais – motivos pelos quais eu sou contra o uso de medicamentos para o tratamento de problemas mentais…
Awsome show. Did that political science chick not get that the doctor was perhaps being sarcastic – or politely pointing out the rep knoew shit so to get out of her way? Takes all kinds i guess.
The narrator from the fake add sounded like GlaDos
I was under the impression when I went to a hospital the only people who talked to doctors in the first place were people who worked there. So I’m not sure how people would take the advice at the end.
he goes after some pretty high profile stuff. I give him that, the problem is that the more you try to squeeze sand, the more it falls through the grasp. Who knows what these companies will do next when they bring in tough regulation.
you use that highs school guy joke pretty often
this is not really funny my brother died because of that shit he was just 11
only packaged coconut water tastes nasty. if you go and drink straight form young coconuts its awesome!!!
that Advair video had one phrase on my mind SIEG HEIL look at the arms
Hey I took seraquil! For depression, it was a horrible experience (the doctors told me nothing about the side effects)
If you really want to hear the true story listen to pharmaceutical representative whistle blowers. This video brings humor to the table but unless your’re one of the 61 million Americans taking these drugs – it’s no laughing matter.
Olivers white guilt is really annoying. He is a smart guy and he makes himself look stupid with these irrelevant race remarks.
disgusting, but i guess thats what happens when we put companies whose goals are to make money in charge of our health. The longer we stay sick the more $ they make!!!
7:23 What is that fiend!
Nice ending very funny and true! lol
My mother is a doctor, and she used to come home with tons of pharmaceutical marketing crap like calculators and pens. We even got shit in the mail. She usually tossed it, but we kept one of the calculators because it had an oil/water thing in the top with a little duck floating in it because it was funny.
This whole report is based off of outdated information. Compliance rules changed years ago and none of this stuff is allowed. Most of it is just one offs anyway. For instance, off label comments have been not allowed for everyone for a long time. The sunshine act prohibited expensive meals since 2010. And expensive gifts to doctors has not been allowed since the 90’s. Reps cannot answer medical questions, pharma companies hire people with PhD’s to do just that. People’s who’s jobs are to fly around the country and give talks to groups of doctors that ask medical questions (such as drug interactions and drug actions). Doctors who act as sales reps are force to comply with the exact same compliance standards as a rep is when it comes to meals.
I’m not saying they are angels or don’t do anything wrong. But the least you could do is have updated information for a report such as this.
Only two countries in the world that allow pharmaceutical Direct-to-consumer advertising. As your distrust for these demigods (white coats) increases, take a good solid look into vaccinations. Not a single study has ever compared vaccinated to unvaccinated. The trillion dollar (globally) pharmaceutical industry has over 600 lobbyist buying United States congressmen. Big pharma owns all of our favorite news sources.
“I ate breakfast last week with the president of a network news division and he told me that during non-election years, 70% of the advertising revenues for his news division come from pharmaceutical ads. And if you go on TV any night and watch the network news, you’ll see they become just a vehicle for selling pharmaceuticals. He also told me that he would fire a host who brought onto his station a guest who lost him a pharmaceutical account.” Robert Kennedy Jr.
13:56 What was Data from Star Trek doing in the background of that broadcast?
A doctor once tried to prescribe me Depicote for chronic headaches. My brother takes that for his bi-polar disorder, its an anti-psychotic drug. Needless to say, i didnt take it and found a different doctor
704 in big Pharma?
Absolutely genius. I checked my mom’s doc and it looks like she’s pretty clean. Whew.
I’ve done a lot of research into GSK because I was on Paxil (Paroxetine) as a teenager to treat my anxiety/depression, and hooooly shit you wanna talk evil drug companies, they’re at the top of the list. Not only did they pay out for the drug mentioned in the video, they had to pay out for off label marketing Paxil to children and claiming it’s not only safe, but that it had no addictive reaction when trying to go off of the medication. Not only was it dangerous to give to children, but it’s one of if not the most addictive anti-depressant on the market. There are books about how fucked up GSK is in relation to just their marketing of Paxil.
Seattle will probably accuse us of deflating pills now
The 4 cent meal is the new pink slime sauce from McDonald’s.
Ctrl+T opens a new tab? Huh. Nifty.
“They’re much more concerned with getting inside you than being effective once they’re in there” LMFAO!
Oh frick…. my doctor prescribed me seroquel for my depression and insomnia… is that a bad thing? I mean I did have some visual and auditory hallucinations etc… but that means it’s alright, right? :o
How could anyone thumb-down this!?
Well, that was terrifyingly eye-opening. This hilarious clip made me very angry!
pharmaceutical sale representatives are young and attractive with no knowledge of science–hmm sounds like penny from the big bang theory
That ending commercial was a result of shear brilliance.
Looked up my doctor. Pharmaceutical Companies only spent $500 on him and almost all of that was in food.
You cant advertise prescription meds directly to consumers in my country, so these brand name drugs are a foreign concept to me
I love your show but I’m a little exhausted from vomiting in disgust.
Did anyone notice the 2 dollar bill?
I would like to say for the record that with the exception of a few professors pharmaceutical companies do not offer that much to incentivise doctors to sell their products. I have sat in numerous meetings with pharmaceutical reps so I know exactly what goes on. No brown envelopes of cash are exchanged. They usually put up a nice lunch and this followed by a short sales pitch. Doctors tend to find these meetings horrendously boring. It is not uncommon for a few of us to fall asleep during the presentation. Gifts on the whole tend to amount to no more than pens, calculators, diaries, stethoscopes etc. Professors with prestigious academic qualifications are sometimes recruited to give lectures. For this they are paid quite handsomely but as I understand it many of the big pharmaceutical companies have started to cut down on this practice.
1) I take generic seroqyl for insomnia, and I’ve talked to my doctor about the side-affects. Thankfully, I don’t take a dosage close enough to have any of them.
2) WELBUTRIN DOESN’T DO SHIT. Hated taking that >.>
Fun fact, I’m a severely broken human-being.
$1,000 ? That’s nothing. My monthly meds each month total more than double that.
16:21 Wait a minute… Is that Nice Peter?
I work in healthcare and the bit about manufacturer reps/salesgirls being universally attractive is absolutely true. A lot of them are sharp and know their stuff–they’re RNs or pharmacists or whatever, and have been educated up and down and back and forth on the product they’re pushing….but they also all look like swimsuit models or something. The bit about it being “common knowledge” is funny because–yeah, it’s so obvious no one even pretends otherwise. The girls come in to sell the latest ultrasound machine, she brings a shitload of pizza for the department’s lunchtime, and does her little show for the radiologists and department manager, and that’s it. We do this every few months…I’d complain, but hey…free pizza beats the cafeteria any time…
I think declaring doctors are essentially “taking money” from pharma is a accusation that people will take to the extreme. As in any profession, there are those who are greed filled, and there are those who are righteous. For the most part, there is a herd mentality that the trust of the patient cannot be defiled. If this is to expose the ones who are taking money, it should be more explicitly stated. We need people to trust in doctors because diseases like diabetes and coronary artery disease are on the rise, and if we all think that our doctors are only prescribing anti diabetics or anti cholesterol drugs to fill their pockets, it does not bode well for that patients with these conditions.
Yes its true pharma companies sponsor free lunches and dinners. But they also make the drugs. In a given month, the same class of antibiotics can be represented by every drug company in the form of lunches at a big hospital. That doesn’t mean that Dr. A or Dr. B prescribed it because he ate a free lunch. My top reasons for prescribing drugs are (if they are indicated that is): 1) patient preference (previously tolerated/availability near their pharmacy); 2) cost of drug to patient; 3) number of doses per day required (e.g would prescribe something that only needs to be taken once daily rather than twice daily).
And it’s true Seroquel (quetiapine) was used off-label in many cases, but a lot of times, that is part of practicing medicine. Many drugs off label uses have been FDA approved. For e.g vasopressin was used off-label for cases of septic shock (a life threatening condition) but recently got approval for it. If doctors ONLY use drugs for their FDA labels, you wouldn’t need a medical degree. My point was to bring some balance to this point of view that doctors are taking money, not to defend pharma or doctors who do take money. If both doctors and evil chicken companies are criticized as the main story on John Oliver, people might take the wrong message home.
I couldn’t find my doctor, but I’m on Fluoxetine for my GAD and OCD that stems from it, so I highly doubt she was paid. I would’ve been concerned if she tried to give me Prozac XD
I love John Oliver’s commentary. I’m sorry to see that this effort is misleading. Direct to physician marketing has plummeted. The days of the pharma cheerleader rep are over, and now, good luck squeezing a pen from a pharma rep. Plus, pharma now publishes how much it spends on physician openly.
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