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Wednesday, December 30, 2015

The real student loan scam

The Moments in 2015 That Made Us Realize Racism Isn’t Going Anywhere

Best of Innocence Project 2015

Officers Involved in Tamir Rice Shooting Death to Face New Administrative Review

The 5 Worst Fracking Moments of 2015

Study links college football game days to increase in rape reports

The police chief of Lake Arthur, La., is demanding the resignation of a detective who was a member of the Ku Klux Klan

US Air Force Whistleblower on the Ugly Truth Behind US Drone Killings

The Big Lie in the War Against Drugs

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Byron Allen launches networks on DirecTV after settling lawsuit

COINTELPRO, Attack on the Panthers - Eddie Conway on Reality Asserts Itself (3/10)

‘Affluenza’ Teen Ethan Couch and Mom Captured in Mexico



The weight of the nation: school lunches

The Function of Police in Modern Society: Peace or Control?

Sunday, December 27, 2015

Man Fatally Shot by Deputy While Trying to Disarm His Son

Antibiotics Expert Warns It's 'Almost Too Late' to Stop Global Superbug

College Student, Mother of 5 Killed by Chicago Cops; Families Demand Answers

Mumia’s son says, ‘My father is in pain,’ as Mumia is sent back to prison


The tasers "non-lethal" scam

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Why you should always buy the men’s version of almost anything

Fla. Woman Dies After Being Forcibly Removed From Hospital by Police



[Pnews] Mumia Abu-Jamal Hearing - Devastating cross examination

[Pnews] Mumia Abu-Jamal Hearing - Devastating cross examination

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Devastating cross examination Dateline: 12-23-2015 Scranton PA Federal Court

Day Two of "Abu-Jamal v. Kerestes" had fireworks equal to the opening round on Friday. The arguments for a Preliminary Injunction continued before the U.S. District Court in Scranton Pennyslvania. (here Mumia's interview after Friday's hearing)
It was a day of dueling doctors, admissions, explosive documents, and first hand testimony, which debated the constitutional right to health care while in prison. The question: does Mumia Abu-Jamal receive life saving new anti viral drugs that cure Hepatitis C? or will Judge Robert Mariani's federal court allow the Department of Corrections in Pennsylvania to deny any treatment for chronic Hepatitis C - and maintain (a just revealed protocol) that calls for "denying care" and "monitoring imates" while the virus ravages the body causing irreversible organ damage.

The morning featured vigorous cross examination. Dr. Joseph Harris, deftly handled Department of Corrections cross, emphasizing this key point: the cure for Hep C is clearly the medical standard of care. And denial of treatment is no treatment for a progressive and infectious disease.

In a last minute addition to the witness list the DOC questioned dermatologist Dr. Schleicher who first treated Mumia's devasting skin condition in Feb. of 2015. The Department of Corrections through this expert unconvincingly asserted that Mumia's skin condition was unrelated to Hepatitis C, and that his low platelet counts, anemia of chronic disease, abnormal liver function tests, are not caused by Hep C.

At 12:10 of the hearing a withering cross exam by Robert Boyle (Attorney for Abu-Jamal) exposed Schleicher's limited diagnostic acumen, his failure to monitor Mumia's two hospital ICU admissions and the illuiminating fact that he did not follow up on Geisinger Medical Center's recommendation in May for an Hep C viral load test. He got him to admit that "he did not know much about Hep C". Schleicher has continued to treat Mumia, and it was revealed was unaware that the infectious disease specialist hired by the department of Corrections, Dr. Ramon Gadea, had recommended on September 9th treatment for Hepatitis C in response to Mumia's ongoing ravaged skin. Notably, Dr. Gadea and the onsite doctors at SCI Mahanoy who see Mumia in the infirmary on a weekly basis were not called to testify. It can be presumed that their testimony would have been unfavorable to the DOC.

Standing Up for MumiaThe mid afternoon featured Dr. Suzanne Ross and Dr. Johanna Fernandez. The value of these two frequent and long term visitors to Mumia was in the compelling details that they provided describing Mumia's injuries, acute sysmptoms, and deteriorating health. Some examples from the acute period of symptoms in the spring and summer included Mumia's slurred words, elephant skin, scales and bloody cracks in his skin on 90% of his body, extreme weakness, swelling of his limbs, and loss of mental acuity. When cross-exmamined both Ross and Fernandez were unapologetic, as they expounded on Mumia's innocence, unjust incarceration, and the state's naked attempts to silence him.

As those who know Mumia personally realize, the man just does not complain, and is frankly unable to describe his own vulnerablity. As such, this testimony was key. Present through video streaming throughout the proceedings Mumia was, as Dr. Fernandez testified is part of his character, simply stoic. Before this devastating health crisis, there were only a handful of occasions that he has gone to sick call during 34 yrs of incarceration. This might be surprising for a man who is known to the world as a writer and eloquent pubic commentator.

Key Evidence ExposedIn an explosive revelation: Bret Grote of the Abolitionist Law Center, dissected the testimony of DOC defense witness infirmary administrator, Mr. Steinhart - revealing that there is a written Hep C treatment protocol that was developed this year. Grote appealed to the judge, and he required that the DOC immediately produce a copy of the document. Laura Neal, DOC counsel quickly tried to surpress the public release of the document, calling for it to remain under seal. Overheard in the courtroom, DOC associate defense counsel noted that they did not want this document available publically because it would increase the department's liability in the class action pending for inmate Hep C treatment. Debate continues Wed morning on whether this document will be sealed. A Right To Know request by Prison Radio requesting the document was filed with the state during break requested by the judge so he could read the protocol

On tap: Cross Examination of DOC expert- Dr. Jay Cowan, notoriously head of Riker's Island Medical Center. please follow us on twitter, facebook, and tonight on email for updates...

The doctors and lawyers that enforce the PA Department of Corrections policy have got a problem. Health Care is a constitutional right, even for those who are incarcerated. Proving that the DOC has been "deliberately indifferent" the required standard for a preliminary injunction and relief in this case clearly has been met by Abu-Jamal's attorneys.

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Natural News announces recipients of 2015 Celebrity Hall of Shame Awards

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The Truth About E-Cigarettes: Are They Really Safer Than Real Ones?

Friday, December 18, 2015

In Support Of Parole For Herman Bell

Study Concludes That Environment, Not Bad Luck, Is Mainly to Blame for Cancer

What This Week’s Landmark Settlement Will—and Will Not—Change About Solitary Confinement in New York’s Prisons

One in seven Americans depends on food banks to survive ... Food collapse coming

Friday, December 18, 2015 by: Daniel Barker

(NaturalNews) Around 46 million Americans now regularly depend on food banks and soup kitchens to keep themselves and their families from going hungry.

That figure accounts for one-out-of-seven people in the United States, and the need for these facilities is growing – despite the alleged current 'economic recovery' we hear so much about in the media.

And as our nation continues to spend millions per day on military operations in foreign countries, food assistance programs at home are being defunded.


"From November 1st, $5 billion was wiped off the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) as a result of a planned stimulus withdrawal. Almost 50 million Americans who are supported by the program face an average loss of $36 dollars a month, which is a significant amount for those living near the poverty line. Additional cuts are also in the pipeline."

Feeding America

Feeding America is a non-profit organization whose mission is "to feed America's hungry through a nationwide network of member food banks and engage our country in the fight to end hunger." The organization is "the nation's largest domestic hunger-relief organization," and coordinates 200 food banks across the country, which are helping to meet the nutritional needs of 46.5 million people – including 12 million children and 7 million senior citizens.

Every four years, Feeding America publishes the Hunger in America report, the largest such study, which is designed to "help guide the development of programs and solutions that improve food security for individuals and their households and inform public awareness and policy development for addressing hunger in the United States."

The Hunger in America 2014 report contains some rather surprising and sobering statistics that shed light on just how serious the problem has become.

Among the findings regarding Feeding America households:

-84% of Feeding America households are regularly 'food insecure'
-89% of Feeding America households with children are 'food insecure'
-79% of these households report the purchasing of "inexpensive, unhealthy food" to keep from going hungry
-1 out of 5 have a household member who has served in the military
-1 in 4 have a household member currently serving in the military

At some point, around two-thirds of the households receiving assistance from Feeding America have had to choose between food and medical care. More than two-thirds have had to choose between food and paying the utility bills.

The Great Recession was accompanied by a significant increase in food insecurity that has not diminished since:

"In 2008, coinciding with the start of the recession, national household food insecurity rates climbed to 14.6 percent, reflecting a 31 percent increase over the prior year. USDA food insecurity rates have held steady since 2008. In 2012—the most current national estimates available at the time of the study—the figures remained high, with 14.5 percent of households or 49 million people living in food insecure households."

As I'm writing this, the holiday season is upon us. It's a time of year when Americans traditionally go out of their way to give to the needy, but it's important to remember that there are those in need of assistance throughout the year.

Contributing to a food bank is one of the best ways to directly help those who are struggling to make ends meet. Whether you donate your time, money or just a few cans of food, you'll be directly addressing one of the most basic human needs.

The problem is greater than many of us may have realized until now, and I hope this article serves as a small inspiration, along with providing some important information.

Reaching out to those in need is a fundamental part of the true American spirit. Let's all work together to make sure no family goes hungry during these holidays – or the rest of the year, for that matter. ...


Thursday, December 17, 2015

My Letter To Donald Trump

Michael Moore - Dec. 16, 2015

Today I went & stood in front of Trump Tower & held a sign until the police came. Then I went home & wrote Donald a letter. Here it is:

Dear Donald Trump:

You may remember (you do, after all, have a "perfect memory!"), that we met back in November of 1998 in the green room of a talk show where we were both scheduled to appear one afternoon. But just before going on, I was pulled aside by a producer from the show who said that you were "nervous" about being on the set with me. She said you didn't want to be "ripped apart" and you wanted to be reassured I wouldn't "go after you."

"Does he think I'm going to tackle him and put him in a choke hold?" I asked, bewildered.

"No," the producer replied, "he just seems all jittery about you."

"Huh. I've never met the guy. There's no reason for him to be scared," I said. "I really don't know much about him other than he seems to like his name on stuff. I'll talk to him if you want me to."

And so, as you may remember, I did. I went up and introduced myself to you. "The producer says you're worried I might say or do something to you during the show. Hey, no offense, but I barely know who you are. I'm from Michigan. Please don't worry -- we're gonna get along just fine!"

You seemed relieved, then leaned in and said to me, "I just didn't want any trouble out there and I just wanted to make sure that, you know, you and I got along. That you weren't going to pick on me for something ridiculous."

"Pick on" you? I thought, where are we, in 3rd grade? I was struck by how you, a self-described tough guy from Queens, seemed like such a fraidey-cat.

You and I went on to do the show. Nothing untoward happened between us. I didn't pull on your hair, didn't put gum on your seat. "What a wuss," was all I remember thinking as I left the set.

And now, here we are in 2015 and, like many other angry white guys, you are frightened by a bogeyman who is out to get you. That bogeyman, in your mind, are all Muslims. Not just the ones who have killed, but ALL MUSLIMS.

Fortunately, Donald, you and your supporters no longer look like what America actually is today. We are not a country of angry white guys. Here's a statistic that is going to make your hair spin: Eighty-one percent of the electorate who will pick the president next year are either female, people of color, or young people between the ages of 18 and 35. In other words, not you. And not the people who want you leading their country.

So, in desperation and insanity, you call for a ban on all Muslims entering this country. I was raised to believe that we are all each other's brother and sister, regardless of race, creed or color. That means if you want to ban Muslims, you are first going to have to ban me. And everyone else.

We are all Muslim.

Just as we are all Mexican, we are all Catholic and Jewish and white and black and every shade in between. We are all children of God (or nature or whatever you believe in), part of the human family, and nothing you say or do can change that fact one iota. If you don't like living by these American rules, then you need to go to the time-out room in any one of your Towers, sit there, and think about what you've said.

And then leave the rest of us alone so we can elect a real president who is both compassionate and strong -- at least strong enough not to be all whiny and scared of some guy in a ballcap from Michigan sitting next to him on a talk show couch. You're not so tough, Donny, and I'm glad I got to see the real you up close and personal all those years ago.

We are all Muslim. Deal with it.

All my best,
Michael Moore

P.S. I'm asking everyone who reads this letter to go here ( and sign the following statement: "WE ARE ALL MUSLIM" -- and then post a photo of yourself holding a homemade sign saying "WE ARE ALL MUSLIM" on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram using the hashtag#WeAreAllMuslim. I will post all the photos on my site and send them to you, Mr. Trump. Feel free to join us.

P.P.S. To sign my statement for #WeAreAllMuslim, go here on my website:

More Infants Prescribed Psychiatric Drugs to Address Behavior

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Chicago cop indicted in shooting death of teen

First Freddie Gray Trial Ends in Hung Jury; Mistrial Declared

Idaho Governor Butch Otter: “The Poor Are Genetically Inferior”

Racism Alive and Well in New Medical Guidelines

Tennessee teens do jail time for sagging pants

Millions of cars sold in the USA automatically call the police and report your 'crimes' without your knowledge



Criminals in police uniforms

[Pnews] Who is Putting the Most People in Jail? Not New York, Chicago, or LA.

Female Prisoners In California are Hunger Striking In Solidarity with Detained Immigrants

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

The astonishing amount of data being collected about your children

School Apologizes For Banning An 8-Year-Old From Wearing ‘Black Girls Rock’ T-Shirt

Celebrity deaths in 2015

White man covers home with Confederate flags to terrorize his new Black neighbors

Police Chiefs Say Scrutiny Over Videos Has Radically Changed Their Work

Cop Rapes Woman in Courtroom - A visit to Family Court


Record 346 inmates die, dozens of guards fired in Florida prisons

Alabama cops planted drugs and weapons on innocent minorities, and the DA covered it up

Over 1,000 Just Gathered for the Largest Felony Civil Disobedience Rally in US History

Sam’s Club CEO Talks Diversity and White Men Are Outraged; Comments Deemed ‘Racist’

Bill Cosby Is Suing 7 Accusers

Jesse Perez prevails: Prison guards found liable for retaliatory abuse of California’s solitary confinement policies

Why Is It So Warm in December?

16 Men Say They Were Tortured in San Bernardino Jail While Awaiting Trial

Friday, December 11, 2015

Police sergeant witnesses killing of 6-year-old in Louisiana

How reliable are police reports?

Struggle grows to save Rev. Edward Pinkney

The FBI is Rounding Up Muslims and Charging them With Terrorism for Buying Cellphones

DanielHoltzclaw Trial: Officer Who Raped 13 Black Women Reacts in Shock as Guilty Verdicts are Read

Does America have a fetish for police shooting videos?

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Former Oklahoma City Police Officer Found Guilty of Rapes

US deaths from Alzheimer's disease rise significantly

Chicago's "Black Site" Police Scandal Is Primed To Explode Again

America's strange history of strange shootings

Will Chicago Hustle Up an Acquittal?

Smith & Wesson Gun Sales Soar After Spate of Mass Shootings in U.S.

Tenn. School Wins Right to Ban Gays and Women Who’ve Had Sex: ‘This Is Who We Are’

GunTV: New Shop at Home Television Network Will Offer All Guns, All the Time

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Stevie Wonder Wins Court Battle After Late Lawyer’s Wife Sued For Royalties

Here’s 5 Reasons Why I Wish I Had Gone To An HBCU

Tell the President to Pardon C.I.A. Whistleblower Jeffrey Sterling

Mich. State Senator on Failing Schools: ‘We Can’t Make an African American White’

Kids Are Boycotting School Lunches They Say Are Worse Than Prison Food

Oprah Winfrey Names Her Premature Baby

Obama to Cancel Millions in Student Loans Swindled by Rubio-Supported Corinthian Colleges

WATCH: Jon Stewart Returns to Daily Show to Shame Pols Over 9/11 First Responders Bill

San Francisco Residents Call For Police Chief’s Resignation

Vaccine Whistleblower book exposes 32 years of CDC's science fraud

Monday, December 7, 2015

[Pnews] Hunger Strikers in Critical Condition - ICE Using Torture Techniques and Threats

Prisoner News

Contact: Fahd Ahmed, DRUM,, B. Loewe, #Not1More,

Seven Hunger Strikers Sent to Medical Unit as ICE Uses Sleep Deprivation and Attempts to Deport Participants

As Situation Escalates, Former Hunger Striker to Appear on Sanders Livestream Event at 3:00pm [watch here]


-Theo Lacy suspends strike after reaching agreement for release from ICE 
-Otay hunger strikers resume eating after 11 days (including one man who continued for three days even after heart surgery)
-Adelanto and Etowah detainees report sleep deprivation with guards waking them every 15 minutes
-Etowah detainees report threats of force feeding
-7 Etowah detainees sent to medical unit now on 12th day of strike
-At least four of the original El Paso hunger strikers were put on planes for removal and then returned to their cells this weekend
-Krome, Etowah, and Aurora cut off calls to known supporters, trying to sever communication.

As the #Freedomgiving hunger strike reaches its 12th day, ICE is responding with varying approaches and candidates are taking notice.

At the Theo Lacy facility, 37 detainees suspended their hunger strike after reaching an agreement with ICE on Fridayfor release and parole within the next two weeks.

Authorities in other facilities have taken the opposite approach; locking down detainees at the Aurora facility, enacting sleep deprivation measures in Adelanto and Etowah, and threatening force feeding for Etowah detainees who are nearing two weeks without food.

“The fact that people escaping violence are being met with torture inside US facilities should raise alarms and cause urgent intervention,” explains Fahd Ahmed, director of DRUM – Desis Rising Up and Moving. “This is a life and death situation.”

The hunger strikes that have come to be known as #Freedomgiving because they were initiated the night before Thanksgiving are the latest in a wave of more than 10 facilities and 1,000 detainees refusing meals and demanding their freedom. Candidates took notice and were pushed to issue statements after DRUM rallied at the Clinton headquarters last week.

Following that, one of the released strikers will appear on the Family First livestream event with Sen. Sanders this afternoon at 3:00pm to bring further attention to the on-going strike and push for the participants’ immediate release.

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[Pnews] Message from Daniel on the 10 year anniversary of his arrest

Prisoner News 

Ten years ago today, I was finishing up stuffing holiday cards for my employer when 2 beefy men asked me if i was indeed, Daniel McGowan. Once I was handcuffed and being frog-marched through the office, I knew what it was about.

At the same time, 6 of my codefendants were getting arrested at the same time. Others were receiving grand jury subpoenas as well. Sadly, all the people arrested that day became cooperating witnesses save for William Rodgers, who I knew as 'Avalon', who took his life in a county jail on the Winter Solstice, two weeks after we were arrested.

Of course, other arrests followed in the months after that, with a handful of codefendants refusing to play the game. We came together in solidarity to fight the charges and reduce the potential sentence as much as possible. For that, I will always have gratitude to Jonathan Paul, Nathan Block and Joyanna Zacher (though it would be disingenuous for me to not point out the latter two peoples' identification with esoteric fascist movements currently).

I was bonded out of jail, fought my case on house arrest for a year and months after that, worked out a plea that did not involve naming names or becoming a witness against anyone. It had repercussions for me including more time and no protection from grand juries (and surely, two years later, I was called before one as a witness and put on civil contempt of court). That said, I cannot have seen it going any other way. My regrets with the case is that more of my co-defendants did not stick with us and move forward together-something that had been the idea when worst case scenarios had been discussed years prior.

10 years later, its obvious to me every time i go to any activist event that many younger activists do not know this history. I suppose it is the struggle we all face-how to remember and memorialize, but not live in the past and nostalgia. I can tell people to watch If a Tree Falls or read Green is the New Red (thanks, Marshall Curry, Sam Cullman & Will Potter) but that is an incomplete picture. How then, do we, move forward in our fight for justice and pass on to others what we learned? Its a longer question.

I use the word "I" often in this post and perhaps others as I am talking about the past but at no point have I ever felt alone and not connected to others. Without these stalwart, loyal and amazing people in my life, I know with certainty that things would have gone a totally different way:

Jenny Malone - my former partner and best friend. The rock. The Wizard of Oz behind every aspect of the support campaign and the 'trying to keep me sane' campaign. G.O.A.T. EXES 4EVAH!

My family especially my sister Lisa who funded my legal defense, let me live with her while on house arrest and did not waver or flinch one time. These people taught me loyalty.

Family and Friends of Daniel McGowan better known as FAF.

This small group worked their asses off, put on so many shows, sold a zillon t-shirts, made my court dates, wrote articles, supported me mentally, emotionally and financially, put their lives on hold for some time to make sure I would have a life to come home too. 

So much gratitude to all of them. I am not even in touch with all of them, which to be honest, saddens me but I have nothing but lifelong gratitude for all of them. Shoutouts to Andrew, Ainsley Belle Bowman, Eliza Brooklyn, Kitty, Corey Eastwood, Sideshow,Cin Dee, Marianne Maeckelbergh and Ryan DC.

This article may be the best article I have seen on the topic though its quite dated. Check it out.…/rollingthunder/greenscared.php

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72 Department of Homeland Security Employees on Terrorist Watchlist; 95% Failure to Find Weapons at Airports

Chicago police probe announced; no charges in 2nd shooting

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

True Stories: Positive Black Women

Racism and Mass Incarceration in the US Heartland: Historical Roots of the New Jim Crow

Exhaustive new study finds black jurors struck from juries 300% more than their white peers

Teen Allergic to Wi-Fi Commits Suicide, Parents Say

HSBC Whistleblower: The Biggest Bank Fraud in British History Carried Out on UK Shoppers and Covered Up

Antibiotics found to raise risk of diabetes over 50%

Chicago mayor fires police chief in wake of video release

Monday, November 30, 2015

Ohio court upholds school suspension of 12-year-old black boy accused of staring at a white girl

IRS Should Rethink How It Audits the Rich, Watchdog says

NYC Politician Calls MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry a “Dαmned Dirty Ape”

What happened to witnesses of the JFK assassination?

New Dating App BAE (Before Anyone Else) Caters To Black Singles

[Pnews] Update on Robert Seth Hayes

Prisoner News

Update on Robert Seth Hayes Urgent Medical Campaign

Update from Seth on 11/28/15:

Seth has been in the infirmary at Sullivan since he got back from the hospital. Hasn't even been allowed to have a change of clothes. It is difficult to make phone calls.

They are giving him Glucerna twice a day, which is causing his blood sugars to be high (despite the fact that Glucerna is prescribed for diabetics).

The swelling in his legs and feet has returned. His cough has also returned.
Has only seen the doctor once, when he came back from Albany Medical Center.

We know ultimately Seth needs to come home to get healthy. Prison life is not meant for health. He goes to the parole board in June 2016 for the 9th time, not including other parole appeal denials in between the two year hits.

Being outside prison, Seth could receive true medical, family, nutrition and other related aspects of life that can contribute to the immense healing process that is needed.

It would be heartening for Seth to receive get well wishes at this time. Write to Seth and let him know he is in our hearts and on our minds.

Robert Seth Hayes #74-A-2280

Sullivan Correctional Facility, P.O. Box 116, Fallsburg, NY 12733-0116

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Doctors are calling for a ban on TV drug ads
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Petitioning Pharmaceutical Companies

Pull All Drug Ads from TV

Petition by Denise Kinney
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Pharmaceutical companies spend millions of dollars a day to air drug ads on television -- $4.5 billion last year -- an investment which results in higher drug prices and keeps much-needed medication out of reach for many Americans.
The American Medical Association (AMA) recently called for a ban on direct-to-consumer advertising of prescription drugs, but Congress still needs to enact the ban. Please sign my petition urging Congress to do what’s best for American citizens and heed the AMA’s call to ban TV ads for prescription drugs.
The U.S. is one of only two countries (along with New Zealand) that allows TV drug ads. And now, our country’s biggest doctors’ group has determined that these ads do not serve the purpose of educating consumers on the benefits and harms of specific medications. Instead, they just put the names of the newest, flashiest, and most expensive prescription drugs into people’s heads and urge them to “talk to their doctor” about switching. Switching is very often unnecessary at best, and can even be harmful to patients’ health.
And it’s not just the AMA that is concerned about these ads -- a recent poll by the Kaiser Family Health Foundation found that 89% of respondents want the FDA to review prescription ads before they air. Currently, it’s against federal law for the FDA to do this, so it must rely solely on consumer complaints after the ads have run. This does not strike me as the most ethically sound policy, and certainly does not seem like it has the best interest of the patient in mind.
Educating patients about their medication options is best left to doctors and pharmacists, not marketers and ad companies. Please join me in urging Congress to enact a ban on all TV drug ads.
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