The commercials always say ‘ask your doctor about XYZ’. (XYZ=drug name) While the commercial is saying that, the drug companies are sending drug reps (attractive young women) to go to the doctors office and ply them with various free items (pens, notepads, stress balls, etc anything with the drug name on it) as well as tons of free samples to give to patients.
So you go to the doctor and say ‘I saw an ad for XYZ’. Then the doctor sees he is writing note with a pen that was given to him that says ‘XYZ’ on it in big letters and remembers he has a box of free samples of XYZ given to him by the drug rep, and he prescribes XYZ.
Humorously, I once read a blurb saying the majority of doctors do not think their prescribing habits are influenced by the free samples and the free stuff from the drug companies. What the same study found was that the only doctors who weren’t influenced were the ones who thought they could be influenced by that kind of behavior. The doctors who thought they were above that behavior were the ones being influenced.
A lot of the time the drugs being advertised on TV are ‘me too’ drugs, meaning there is a generic that does the same thing, has about the same side effect profile and is 10x cheaper. A different drug in the same class can work differently on one person to the next, but generally if you are strapped for cash it is better to start with the cheaper version.
I know someone on Nexium (a lot of people are on nexium). Nexium is just an isomer of Prilosec (prilosec is both isomers). You can buy a months supply of prilosec OTC for about $15 at walmart, nexium costs something like $100 a month. Seeing how I work for a drug company, I should keep my mouth shut with what I post online. I remember the guy who worked at a budweiser factory being fired for drinking coors at a bar after work.
In America we have tons of ways for the wealthy to squeeze money from everyone else. Do you have payday loans in whatever country you are in?