Welcome to Health Consumer

When I entered medicine as a profession, I was idealistic. I wanted to help people learn about their health and provide guidance when they needed to make important health decisions. I always believed my job was to translate complex medical information so that it made sense. Everyone deserves this. It gives people the best possible […]

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Direct to consumer advertising: As drug sales climb, are we smarter or healthier?

Direct to consumer advertising is the promotion of prescription drugs through newspaper, magazine, television, or internet marketing. Proponents of this advertising, including the drug industry, argue that direct to consumer advertising educates consumers about certain conditions and encourages consumers to see their healthcare provider for diagnosis and treatment. Although these ads clearly increase sales, evidence […]

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