Sunday, August 22, 2010

What's With the Bathtubs in the Forest?

by Leann

Sometimes I don't mind commercials. Some of them can be darn entertaining--especially come Super Bowl time. Right now I'm liking the one with the "invisible monkey" staging a celebration in a new car lot. One of my faves is the dog having nightmares about his bone being lost or being stolen by the cat. There's a long and short version with the song "Trouble" by Ray Whose Last Name I Can't Spell. I never get tired of that one.

But the E.D. commercials with the old fashioned bathtubs outdoors? Um, can you spell STUPID? Raise your hand if you have matching tubs outside and take a bath there with your husband or significant other. Raise your hand if you'd ever want to do that.

What I especially despise is the the long list of all the side effects from medications at the end of these commercials. Scary, huh? yet people end up going to their doctor and asking for these drugs. For me, this is a perfect example of the tail wagging the dog. Since when do the drug companies decide what medicine you need? Oh. Since they started making BUCKETS OF MONEY. Do you ever wonder how your doctor feels about this? What do they think when a patient comes into the office with a list of drugs that might "fix" them? Who's the diagnostician? I think the lines have become blurred and I, for one--and as a retired RN--do NOT like this.

Okay, rant over. Tell me your thoughts!

31 comments:

Andrea C. said...

I have not seen the commercial with the bathtub - I DVR a lot of my shows so I get to fastfoward through commercials.
I have, however, seen the one with the dog and his bone...sooo cute! I love that one too...and the song Trouble is perfect with it! :)

P.S. The singer's name is Ray Lomontagne

Elizabeth said...

Even though I know better I always have the funny thought that one must have to soak in a tub for those pills to work :)

A wise elderly person once told me never to take any prescription drug that hasn't been on the market for at least 5 years. Many new drugs are being rushed to market. Some with very serious side effects that are not caught until a large number of people complain.

Leann Sweeney said...

Yes Andrea, that dog is ADORABLE. And Elizabeth, I think you got some good advice about the prescription drugs. 5 years or clinical trials that last a WHOLE lot longer.

Betty, aka quiltinbk said...

I agree about the med commercials. Drug companies really have no business advertising to the public, for crying out loud! Education is one thing, but these drug commercials are not about education, they're about sales! And all I can think about when I see the bathtub commercial is that if that couple were in my neck of the woods, they'd be toted off to the swamp by a battalion of mosquitoes! And then I start itching all over - lol! As for commercials I like, well, I'm a sucker for kitties.

Kate Collins said...

One of the worst drug commercials is for fibromyalgia, which, as you are well aware, Leann, causes terrible muscle pain. Among the scary side effects is, you guessed it, MUSCLE PAIN. So....isn't that what it's supposed to relieve?
Do they think we're all stupid?
I guess so.

Rural View said...

A friend who works for a pharmaceutical company once tried to convince me these ads are really necessary. He failed miserably! We also had quite an interesting conversation about drug prices and finally agreed to disagree.

Carol said...

I love the one with the dog trying to protect his bone, too. And I hate the bathtubs. I also shake my head over the drug side effects; sadly, that's not just on commercials, but comes from the drugstore and/or manufacturers when you get them. Trying to cover themselves, obviously, but yes, it IS ridiculous to read that one of the side effects of a drug is the very thing you are TAKING IT FOR!

Lover of Books said...

I don't get the bathtub in the forest but I know some older cabins have showers outside. I don't know. lol I don't like the drug commercials and typically fast forward over them too. (hugs)

Krista

Valerie Consoer said...

Oh boy. Prescription drugs. Where do I begin? As a joke for my birthday this year, my dad and his family gave me a birthday card that when you open it starts listing side effects to whatever kind of pill they're advertising. When you close the card, it continues. Very comical. Very true! Doctors are handing out prescriptions way too easily these days. And they wonder why meth labs, etc. are such a problem these days! Sheesh.

As far as commercials go, they make me giggle sometimes. Other times, it leaves me totally lost and confused. My favorite commercial right now is for Geico, which I don't have their insurance nor am I endorsing their insurance. But their new commercial with one of the piggies in the back seat with the pinwheels yelling "wheee, wheee" all the way home. It just makes me laugh.

You're in good company, Leann.

Jeff Cohen said...

I've never gotten that one--TWO bathtubs, overlooking a river or something. Let's say the drug WORKS. What can two people do in SEPARATE BATHTUBS? And whose idea was it to leave two bathtubs outside just for this purpose? Talk about planning ahead! It boggles the mind.

Leann Sweeney said...

Thanks for affirming my belief that advertisers are NUTS. And yeah, SEPARATE tubs? How does that work? Maybe it's to help deal with the "side effect" that might cause "something" to last MORE than four hours. :-)

Linda McDonald said...

I hate hearing the long list of side effects too. I don't think I'd trust taking any of those meds. I see a lot of these commercials yet I don't watch much tv at all! Goes to show how many must be on all the time.
As for the bathtub, I must admit that one of my favorite places to go to relax is at a yurt up in Santa Barbara. It is privately owned and the "bathhouse" for the yurt is partially outdoors with an old fashioned tub. I get whatever mystery I'm reading at the time, and soak in the tub, with the warm breeze, something cool to drink, and the sounds of nature all around. It's totally private and there are no mosquitos. So, I can kind of get the tub thing, though for me, it is not for "romance" but more for a "Calgon Take Me Away" moment. :)

jbstanley said...

I hate how everyone in the drug commercials look so happy! How could they be when they require meds and have to deal with all those side effects?

Helen Kiker said...

The drug company commerials are the worst. After listing all those side effects why would anyone want to use that drug. Also do not like that they say you can get a starter amount at their web site.

The dog commercial I can watch over and over. Also like the gecko ads.

Helen Kiker
hdkiker@comcast.net

Anonymous said...

I try very hard to not pay attention to commercials of any kind but it is hard. We don't DVR so are not able to skip.

So many commercials are so dumb the companies must think that us commsumers are stupid and won't think of anything but buying whatever they are pitching.

For us all they do is make us not want to buy an item is we see the commercial, no matter what it is.

Laineshots said...

I hate the very thought that the drug companies make so much money off of people's gullibility that they can even afford those elaborate, stupid, deceptive commercials!

But I did get a giggle out of the ED commercial with the garden hoses. Remember that one?

Leann Sweeney said...

I do not remember the one with the garden hoses. Remind me!

Vickie said...

If you look at the ED commercials as a chance to play a drinking game. Every time one comes on, take a shot of one's favorite liquor.

They all crack me up, especially where the couple is painting and then suddenly exchange that special look..cuz painting the livingroom walls does that for me dontcha know....suddenly barefoot in a stream which must lead to the outdoor clawfoot tub (which I want, but in my bathroom)

Leann Sweeney said...

You're right about the painting. At our house it always led to discussions about the "right way" to use a paint roller. In my mind I was saying stuff like, "Who really cares? And you're lucky I'm here helping you, jerk." Not exactly romantic thoughts. :-)

chris v said...

haaa! yeah every time I see that commericial it's like what? not only stupid, but what about mosquitos????

And the best "new" commercial concerning drug companies making money is that now "they" have the perfect blend of fish oil... and don't trust that over-the-counter stuff. Yeah right.

Leann Sweeney said...

So true. And you can bet that is some very pricey fish oil.

Lindy said...

I admit I don't pay a lot of attention to the drug company commercials (why would I want their recommendations?), but my ears kind of pick up when one of the side effects listed is "death."

Leann Sweeney said...

Oh yeah. Death is a biggie.

Carol in Indian Springs Village said...

My husband and I just laugh over the 'bathtubs' commercial. We just don't get it. Two bathtubs? In a forrest? Just thinking of the bugs and wandering animals would make me stay far away from those bathtubs. And do they have to bring their own hot water in with buckets?

Any commercial with a cat or dog gets my attention. And the AFLAC commercials for some reason. And I like that my doctor prefers to prescribe good old fashioned pills that work just fine for me with little or no side effects.

Linda Leszczuk said...

I think the previous comments pretty much cover the drug commercials (altough I've never quite gotten past hearing about "spontaneous uncontrolable bowel movements" as a side effect). Now about those commercials for ambulance chasing lawyers...

Leann Sweeney said...

Carol and Linda, I can see that commercials, especially the ones for drugs that end with the list of side effects that make me shudder, are annoying to a good percentage of viewers. But they don't seem to get that.

Patti said...

Those commercials are very annoying. I wonder about the writer who thinks that it is romantic to be stuck in separate empty bathtubs out in the woods. "Come on honey, let's get it on - but, wait - let's go out to the woods and take off our clothes and climb into an empty bathtub first." "But, we'll hold hands," she says, while batting her eyelashes. lol

Yep - that writer needs to learn a little bit about romance.

Leann Sweeney said...

Someone has a very odd fantasy life, Patti! :-)

Maggie Sefton said...

Rant away, Leann. You're preaching to the choir on that one. Those LONG lists of side effects are WAY worse than some of the conditions those meds are supposed to treat! Ack! I sure hope people are paying attention before they put that pharmacutical stew inside them---and hope for the best. Whoa! Take a few minutes, folks, and study the implications & side effects. Sorry. Had to rant on my own. :)

Jamie G. said...

Leann, you are right on the money with this one. I have NEVER seen so many ED commercials. And they are all a pitiful excuse for advertising in the first place; not to mention that I personally think that conversation should be limited to the doctors office.

As for the drug side effects, can you believe all the things most of these drugs COULD cause. I realize they have to "cover their butts" and list any and everything that could possibly happen if you take these drugs, but who in their right mind would want to even risk it after hearing all the side effects?

My favorite commercial right now is the Geico commercial with the little piggy (weeeeee all the way home.) Don't know why, but it just cracks me up every time.

Leann Sweeney said...

I lOVE that Geico commercial, Jamie! I laugh every time.