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Marketing to Doctors: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO)

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kdawkins3 (1 hour ago)
My brother is a doctor and he gets to travel all over the world, pay for by drug companies, where he goes to conferences and decides what drugs to push. This is why the pharmaceutical industry is only second to the armament industry in America. I'm just glad I'm not sick!
Liam T Smith (8 hours ago)
aleah marie (1 day ago)
I was prescribed Seroquel when I was like 15 to go to sleep at night because I had ADHD and they had me taking Adderall during the daytime
Jeff L. (4 days ago)
Doctors do NOT control what your Insurance covers ..... PBM's do !!!! Why doesn't anyone see where the problem is ? All these problems with medicare part D and the high cost of medication is ALL because of the PBM's !!!!! Watch this Utube video it's in simple english that anyone can understand !Why doesn't https://youtu.be/9wgJzowDGz0?t=2
extremelyhappysimmer (4 days ago)
Waiting at the drs and i saw a lady with a giant bag from panera bread get let in. Now i know what that was about.
Doug Schroeder (4 days ago)
Do not deprive yourself of John Oliver, I have never watched anyone that I have laughed so hard at time after time.
My life is irreversibly ruined from being a child that could not protect himself from big pharma. It's evil fake mental health eugenics scam. I wish it was just a joke.
Setari M (4 days ago)
Lunch is awesome though.
Matthew Curmi (5 days ago)
9:50 They don't say 'yes'; they say 'YAS'.
Tyler Peters (5 days ago)
Ha! “Aviding by it?” God you are a fucking dumbass. What a dumb fucking thing to say, aviding... Jesus fuck that is stupid. I don’t even like typing it out, godddd what a mistake. So dumb haha FUCKKKKKKKKK!!! FUCKKKKKKK!!!!!
Phillip Johnson (5 days ago)
On top of that, the pharmaceutical political lobbying is H-U-G-E across the globe. NOT just in the United States. It is a political cash cow and slush fund for the corrupted Globalists! The medical strides made are good but, their political influence and control is a disease riding on the backs of the despondent who hope their medical problems have a cure. Good intentions paved by disgusting political and profit driven sway! BTW, in particular, those in power today (in the USA) are killing the profit margin for the pharmaceutical industry with the War of Opioids! Take Down the pharmaceutical cartels! Yes. Although, the backlash is they will raise the price of "approved" drugs...that's a real F'k stick! Capitalism is good if driven by free-market forces that work to constrain corruption and abuses but, that's not today's environment of the profit driven political lobbying and marketing interventionism tactics by the pharmaceutical industry! You all are naive if you believe we are in Afghanistan to liberate "the people", fight "Terrorism", keep Americans safe, and spread Democratic ideology! Oil and Drugs, baby -- Don't take my word for it follow the money you will find the power behind it! They are not protecting "OUR" interests. We are there protecting "THEIR" investments.
Free Gaming (6 days ago)
I didn't knew it happens in NA too, it's shocking. It's pretty well known and common practice here though.
Tab Utu (7 days ago)
Hey did anyone else here see " Love & Other Drugs" when Jakey G was pouring the pork to Anne HugeFuckingEyes Hathaway?
Tab Utu (7 days ago)
This bloke is fair dinkum a seriously funny cunt.
magicalfeyfenny (12 days ago)
I do need to mention something about off-label prescriptions A use for a medication being non-FDA regulated doesn't inherently mean that the use is *wrong*, only that the FDA hasn't approved it. There are a couple medications available as generics that have off-label use that are provably safe. - Estrodial is used as birth control. Off-label, it's used for hormone replacement therapy; to ease symptoms of menopause in cisgender women, and makes physical changes in transgender women. - Spironolactone is used as a diuretic. Off-label, it's used for its anti-androgen effects; clearing up acne, as well as aiding estrodial in transgender women (without either it or another anti-androgen, the estrodial has little effect) - Finasteride is used to treat hair loss. Off label it's also used as a weaker anti-androgen in transgender women. - Progesterone is used to regulate periods and aid fertility. Off-label, again, it's used by transgender women as one of the hormones that we simply do not produce enough of. - Testosterone is used to help treat breast cancer and to aid fertility. Off-label, it makes physical changes in transgender men, and since it has an overshadowing effect on estrogen, trans men don't need anti-estrogens like trans women need anti-androgens. There's a pattern here. Of course the FDA wouldn't approve anything for trans people. The point: It's the use case and the evidence, not the fact that it's simply off-label, that makes an off-label use of medication bad. Of course pharmaceutical companies encouraging off-label use of their medications as a panacea is a horrible practice. But it's not the fact that it's off-label that makes it a bad practice.
eagle (13 days ago)
15:50 How it works: money combines with cash receptors in your doctors wallet to create fast acting financial relief. hahahaha
Kelli Londo (13 days ago)
I worked briefly at a doctor's office as a receptionist and the drug sales reps would come in and bring lunch for everyone. I could tell immediately they were pushing the pills on these doctors. Smh
Sarah (13 days ago)
Whether you're a consumer, politician, doctor or executive, all of us are wise to think about the marketing that's influencing us as we make decisions. If we delude ourselves into thinking it doesn't affect us, we're just willfully blinding ourselves and giving it more power. If you're saying "no, it really doesn't work on me," you're wrong. I spent several years of my career doing data science on the way people interact with advertising. Here's the reality: *everybody is influenced by the advertising they experience.* If your brain is working, it's forming associations based on the things you see, hear and experience. If some of that is advertising, that advertising is influencing the way you will think in the future. (Odds are good that you've already thought about some specific brand while reading this comment just because I mentioned advertising.) The mistake people think is that they imagine advertising "works" if it somehow overrules your brain and makes you go buy something right away. Most advertising is not designed to trigger an immediate action, and no person is this suggestible. Instead, it's designed to make you more likely to think of a specific brand in a situation, or to shape the way you think about that brand's products. This is not necessarily malicious or harmful, but we should be mindful of its influence on us.
Emily Rodriguez (14 days ago)
Our medical system is corrupt from top to bottom.
worrell30 (15 days ago)
Yeah i can verify this is all true. I worked as a Vet tech before going to vet school and the drug reps would always come by and bring us all breakfast and free samples. They would even have multiple clinics compete in sales of certain monthly preventatives and which ever clinic sold the most over a 1 month period would get taken out to dinner all on their tab. So like we would sell say $10k worth of a drug and they would take us out to a $1000 dinner the next month
Quentin Lahure (16 days ago)
I love John Oliver, I don’t need to watch him in 720p60 Low definition please
Dillinger R. (17 days ago)
I used to love the taste of ass until I tried Sobe coconut water
theFizzyGaming (17 days ago)
Is that doctor at the end Google from If Google Were a Guy?
Marax (20 days ago)
Same in germny, just not as excessive
Chloe Remigio (20 days ago)
that doctor received one (1) cheerio
Janak Jodhan (21 days ago)
The name THE MERCK INDEX is owned by Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp., a subsidiary of Merck & Co., Inc., Whitehouse Station, N.J., U.S.A., and is licensed to The Royal Society of Chemistry for use in the U.S.A. and Canada.
DrunkYouTube (23 days ago)
Pharmaceuticals DO NOT CURE. And that's messed up because we take these pills and "medication" to feel better but pharmaceuticals will most likely cause you more harm than Good. BY LAW, Pharmaceuticals are required to tell you about harmful side effects. MEDICATION is not meant to have side effects EVER. This is the BS pharmaceuticals feed us into thinking it's NORMAL but when you're trying to recover, you should never experience any side effects.
DrunkYouTube (23 days ago)
Thank you guys for bringing awareness to this pharmaceutical corruption.
Tien LeBon (23 days ago)
I got the NHS mate
Amanda Armstrong (23 days ago)
For anyone who hates typical news (me) I 10/10 recommend John Oliver. He's the only one who came make me laugh about crystal meth 😂😂😂😂
John Cee (24 days ago)
Read "Bad Medicine" by Ben Goldacre...a real eye opener!
MarlonBitoy (24 days ago)
Thot Leader
I was prescribed seroquel for sleep and anxiety by several doctors. I ended up gaining over 100lbs bc of it in a year, then got severe depression, which I never had before, went back to my psychiatrist and told him that, and he suggested upping my seroquel to help with the depression! I eventually refused it. So he ended up putting me on klonipin and an anti-depressant, even tho I said I knew I didn’t have clinical depression for no reason, I had situational depression bc I had gained so much weight so fast.
fonz 2613 (27 days ago)
when i was 14 i spent 2 days in the break room of a walk in clinic Dr's office because it was summer and that's where my mom worked. I ate 3 free meals a day, and got to hear and see some of these reps pitching to Dr's. It was everything and more that J Oliver was saying. I befriended one of them. She's like hey kid you have the gift of gab and you're handsome, you should be a pharm rep. She even told me, word for word here "the company will teach you basic science, you just need to know how to sell drugs". Every rep that showed up drove a BMW or a really nice SUV haha.
Elaina Kae (30 days ago)
I worked in a doctors office and we got free lunch everyday and many many gifts and free samples so the doctors would prescribe these medications.
DrewSavo (1 month ago)
11:02 Anyone else a little freaked out by the way the woman said 'Modest Meal' and the way she had to clarify and repeat it. It was just the way she said it it really creeped me out!
Seth Lehrer (1 month ago)
On the other side of this, promotion and education of available medications has helped me in innumerable ways. I was prescribed Welbutrin for the mentioned needs and it has helped me very much, even though that isn't the FDA's prescribed use for it yet. I also am on a life-changing lotion for my extreme skin problems that was developed as an acne medication. Thanks to a "thought leader" sharing it with my dermatologist, I was prescribed it and am literally the healthiest I have ever been in my entire life. There is much more corruption and issues in the way the FDA limits drug companies' incentives to research, and prolong the approval process before the drugs can be provided to the desperately-needing public.
shawn gossett (1 month ago)
If you haven't seen the commercial for lyrica check it out. They say that fibromyalgia is "thought" to be pain from overactive nerves and lyrica is "believed" to block those signals. Its wonderful to know that the "medical" community advertising a drug they "believe" a will work for a condition they "think" is caused by something!!! Unbelievable
Mark Yates-White (1 month ago)
THOT leader = kylie jenner
Holly Plyler (1 month ago)
I am part of the 30% that doesn't use even one drug. why? because I fought against any doctor that told me "I was just depressed" when I had an allergy to bread.
Kimosuji Akira (1 month ago)
wtf America...
Faunny C. (1 month ago)
And here I am trying to get off an addiction to Seroquel I was prescribed for anxiety. I guess they didn't get the memo years later.
Jarno L (1 month ago)
Young and good looking went flying out of the window😁
stringtheoryOW (1 month ago)
I’m a high school boy :,(
Anthony D'Ascoli (1 month ago)
This is the one case that John Oliver misrepresented. Doctors do not make money prescribing meds, they only write prescriptions, the Walgreens, CVS, etc are the ones who charge for meds, and they DO NOT give kickbacks to doctors.
Anthony D'Ascoli (1 month ago)
It also makes the false claim that doctors who speak for pharmaceuticals have not researched the drug and do it just for the money and do not care for their patients... this is hogwash
Warfion Productions (1 month ago)
christian macri (1 month ago)
Again and again... John highlighting the biggest crimes of the day, crimes no-one else will speak about
Mildly Amusing Channel (1 month ago)
Man, if I was a doctor I'd just take the cash and never say shit about the product, hahaha xD
PinkTrash Unicorn (1 month ago)
The thing I honestly don't get is why they just won't sell placebos without side effects instead of real drugs? If someone doesn't really need the medication you suggest him why not suggest a less dangerous placebo? That would still be shitty but at least not be playing with peoples live just because they want to sell more drugs.
Daniel Chavez (1 month ago)
Would be interesting to compare it to the Semiconductor industry.
King LuckyDay (1 month ago)
I actually worked to set up one of these kind of events are we all where wondering why they are so extravagant rather than serious
Doesnt Matter (1 month ago)
I hear Thot leader.
Michael French (1 month ago)
Bad news, I know that Cumberland county jail in Maine frequently gives Seroquel to inmates for "sleeplessness" and to "keep them calm." I refused to take anything myself during my stay. It makes me more than a bit angry to know that inmates are test subjects for drug companies!!🤯😠
Charge0Complete (1 month ago)
Notice how you don't see commercials for "restless leg syndrome" anymore? It was a fake syndrome to sell yet another fucking drug. Fuck big pharma and fuck the modern day doctors.
lady @ 7:23 literally is a cabbage patch kid
Sekai Ni Heiwa (1 month ago)
A sheeple laughing ...., Hey sheeple? How about a free vaccines? Ding Ding McFly vaccines are wonderful.
לביאה לנדאו (1 month ago)
I worked in a private neurosurgery clinic... this shit is REAL. But yes, I did enjoy free lunch.
Sekai Ni Heiwa (1 month ago)
Who cares that someone was hurt by chemical drugs. A free lunch! That what makes me alive in this world.
Tom Koller (1 month ago)
Wow. Capitalism can't come to an end too soon.
CrasherGames (1 month ago)
Can I get T H O T leader
Will Tesler (1 month ago)
The crowd was really loving this one.
Cecilie Claborn (1 month ago)
Get off the meds America
Robert Corneby (1 month ago)
Medicare part D or part 4 was added during the G.W. Bush's administration. Along other gems like the Patriot Act, and the tax cut budget for the richest class of people in the U.S. It basically boils down to forcing medicare to only use the brand name of any drug. So instead of medicare being able to use the cheaper but identical generic form of a drug, they must use the much more expensive brand name version of it. The generic form of a drug is simply the same pill, but the patent has run out, and due to free market blah, blah, blah, the pill has become cheaper. God only knows how much money the drug companies have stolen from the American tax payer with this, and that is only one of the many, many fucked up things that makes health care so expensive. Remember that health care is somewhere between 30% and 40% of the annual budget of the U.S. Its insane.
Sharon Jensen (1 month ago)
Antipsychotics stole twenty years of my life. Until I decided to steal it back. Money-grubbing doctors and drug companies. To hell with you all.
Frank Peters (1 month ago)
Does anyone know if this site still works? When I go there it just says testing . . . .
Astrobrant2 (1 month ago)
I wonder if this web site will include veterinarians. Hell, I wonder if it will disappear during the Trump administration. I'll go check. Edit: yep, it's still there, as of 6/30/18. But for how long? To use one of our Glorious Leader's favorite lines, "We'll see what happens."
Little Dorrit (1 month ago)
John Oliver, you are SHAMELESS and I love you! LMAO 😅😅😅😅
Sydney Rivera (1 month ago)
I take welbutrin. That's not what happens hahahahahahaha
Grumpy Oldfart (1 month ago)
Someone once said to me that the most detrimental force to any society was it's own people. And right now in America this is so very very true. It's coming from political, financial and religious powers. The political are up for sale to the financial, supported buy the religious. And this is all from within, not a foreign power trying to invade or take over but all buy greed from people who call America their home doing it to other Americans.
Abheer Shankar (1 month ago)
Videco (1 month ago)
9:44 thot leader
A Muze Grant-Blackwell (1 month ago)
Ew, and they did it in Prince purple too! *fume* oh right. And at "Sacred Heart" too? (Lady Ga-Ga's franchise) same as our parish in Levittown where EVERYBODY had to have a Poly Sci degree to work for the government. Serequel! Yup, I won't take it. And this is basically what that kid was figuring out when he went postal at a Batman movie.
Ryan Johnson (1 month ago)
IO'll NEVER see a doctir in the USA because they're more than likely to be corrupt. #GodBlessAmeica #DeathEconomy
Lisa Marie (1 month ago)
I didn't know wellbutrin was supposed to make you horny. I take it and it certainly doesn't.
Stef Koch (1 month ago)
Little Johhny needs his nappy changed...
FilimboUK (1 month ago)
Didnt penny big bang become a pharma rep when she tired of the monkey sex franchise?
14:47 - Gourmet Jellybean.
And I'll bet you the reps write those lunches off as a "business expense" on their taxes.
Adam Broderick (1 month ago)
Huh, I guess Merck is such a shitty company that they've payed and are paying billions in lawsuits for drugs, like Vioxx and Propecia, that WEREN'T prescribed for off-label uses. They were just innately shitty drugs.
Amanda G (1 month ago)
My parents are doctors and drug companies used to send them on vacations and still hold monthly dinners at fancy restaurants.
Hussain Sajwani (1 month ago)
Erin Carter (1 month ago)
I take multiple ADD, birth control (before you judge wait till end,) and pain meds. The ADD explains itself Birth control is for my endometriosis (not 100% sure I have it) which it sucks and if I don’t have it the birth control makes it so my period symptoms aren’t stopping me. Some days I couldn’t walk because of pain, I got awfully sick, and I felt anxious like almost no feeling anxious, I had a hard time feeling anything but sadness. Now I don’t get too many symptoms. The pain meds are also for my period for obvious reasons cause my cramps can’t be stopped by just the birth control. Luckily all of mine are good for me. My ADD meds do help and we make sure to go slow with it, we get ideas what to do and keep a close eye out like we should. I’ve had them since I was 6-9 not sure when I started now I’m a teenager, not saying exactly how old cause safety reasons.
Erin Carter (1 month ago)
Multiple prescriptions*
Auspicious Autonomous (1 month ago)
15:17 to 17:12 ~ The end - (LOL) LOVE!
deniseg812 (1 month ago)
I work for a famous huge New York hospital. The chief of one department has a rule about reps. They leave the info at the desk. If he's interested he calls for a meeting. They are NOT allowed to buy lunch for the staff. Years ago I worked for a hospital that allowed the reps to bring lunch in. Most weeks I didn't have to bring lunch to work. I also got TKTs for Radio City Music hall Christmas show two years in a row,  for arranging a meeting with my Surgeon with a device company. The worst was an event that happened at least once a month called "liver rounds".  There was a small bar across the street, the rep would throw his company card behind the bar and everyone would drink free. It's getting harder. MDs with integrity now, see through that and that is most of the MDs in the hospital I work for now. They can't be bought. I'm proud of them for that.
Phil S (1 month ago)
"Regurgitating a script", John? Good pun! :)
Phil S (1 month ago)
To be fair, the meatball subs only $5, so its a pretty weak bribe lunch lol
deniseg812 (1 month ago)
You don't live in New York do you. You can't buy a French fry for $5.
michael mcinnis (1 month ago)
Watching this as im making a delivery to glasko smh
Luis Garcia (1 month ago)
Remember Wellbutrin, the happy, horny, skinny drug? Except it ain’t, and it’s a marked cynicism from the Pharmaceutical companies. While I do not know the science behind it, i know it as one of its users. One) it doesn’t make you happy, controlling your depression doesn’t make you happy, no anti-depressants ever will. It just even outs your mood, so that if you are experiencing long term chronic depression you have a chance of working through the underlying causes of your depression without the major roadblock of a mental illness. Which is why i say it doesn’t make you happy, as there is stark difference between being happy, and being stabilized from your depression. It gives you a chance to fight your way out of your depression. Only once you deal with the underlying causes, and continued taking your dosages May you approach a state of happiness. But no drug will make you or give you happiness, and ecstasy only gives you the semblance, a rush of euphoria, a simulated happiness. But that’s a subject I’m not familiar with. Now here comes the caveat, ANTI-DEPRESSANTS KILL YOUR LIBIDO. And Increase your chance of gain weight. Seriously though, if you wanna get skinny try manic episode. 🤪 worked for me. As i was saying, with my antidepressants, anti-bipolar, anti-anxiety meds I’ve experienced a peculiar side effect. My pituary glad grew or got swollen excreting hormones that all but killed my desire for sex, and has made me gain considerable weight. At least that’s what i remember the doctor saying, so welp, I guess the Happy, horny, skinny wonder drug did not work for me.
Tanmay Singh (1 month ago)
So paid speeches by Pharma is bad, but paid speeches by banks is OK?
Bob Ross (1 month ago)
Ha we don’t have adds in 😆 Ireland
Jonathan Liston (1 month ago)
9:43 that woman is 1000% from MinnesOta
11S53 LIAW ZHONG-WEI (1 month ago)
And sometimes, the doctor is literally in bed with the pharma rep.
sawsan al-obaidi (1 month ago)
Love you John So funny & educated 😍
Katie Kane (1 month ago)
Don't forget all the cute little give-always the Dr's office gets. Major schwag!
Katie Kane (1 month ago)
Veterinarian drug reps use the same tactics. Don't forget the reps for medical devices being in the OR to "train" the Dr's in their use.
Political Pupil (1 month ago)
shannon holtzclaw (1 month ago)
I love John Oliver, it’s like hey I’m going to inform you about all of the shitty things going in the world but I’ll deliver it in way that doesn’t make you feel depressed about it
TheManFateForgot (1 month ago)
I don’t get this issue. Doctors are in thousands if not hundreds of thousands of dollars in debt working crappy hours. Why shouldn’t they be able to take money from rx companies? They need to pay their bills. Consumers should be educated enough to make informed decisions. No one should trust anyone with their health without any research before hand. Do your own research. If some stupid people get prescribed the meds they don’t need. What does it matter their have actions to take to counter act that like lawsuits. Worst case scenario they’re out of pocket and they got some bad side effects. But if you’re spending money out of pocket do your own damn research
Curtic Carmichael (1 month ago)
The Real Life Superhero Movement. That should be a topic for him!
mookooy (2 months ago)
You know what lunch is pretty great.
Laid_Ba ck_Cock (2 months ago)
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