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

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Nihil ix (18 hours ago)
9:47 Thot leader
Liam Carlson (1 day ago)
6:01 Ohhhh
Daniela Giacometti (1 day ago)
As a foreigner, like me, he has a clearer view than Americans about their domestic and diplomatic relation problems, brought with the neo-monetary colonialism.
Edward Klein (5 days ago)
I was put on 6 different pharm drugs by the time i was 15 years old for a variety of conditions including anxiety, adhd and fibromyalgia. It led me into a 6 year horrendous drug addiction. Now i use kratom, and thats it. Pharms are often unnecessary, expensive and dangerous
alflurin (5 days ago)
I think the US needs to seriously start thinking about generic drugs. Do they exist over there?? Are doctors forced to follow patients wishes, relating to the choice of generic over branded drugs? Cheers
rand kubaysi (6 days ago)
I am currently a medical intern and let me tell you, I spent only 5 days at a private clinic and saw at least 5 pharmaceutical sales men come in, ask the doctor to prescribe more drugs in order to increase their sales and clear out their stocks, offer gifts and leave.
Nicolle Barrett (7 days ago)
So much fraud, greed, and corruption in the pharmaceutical industry, and yet if you question the safety and/or effectiveness of vaccines, the sheeple jump down your throat. Why, when it comes to vaccines, are they suddenly blind, deaf, and dumb, and willing to trust these multi-billion dollar corporations to have their children's best interest at heart??
Tejas Venkatesh (10 days ago)
High school boyfriend joke was John's best ever!
adea wood (11 days ago)
I also was prescribed Seroquel for mild depression.... glad I had the sense to get off. I guess at that moment in time they were pushing that drug.
Dr Gunsmith (13 days ago)
This is horrendous, money is the root to all evil and certainly has a voice.
g fox (13 days ago)
14:10 Command-T up a new tab, John? aw... must be a Mac fan. ;_;
{Yasenia} (14 days ago)
John, you are a genius! Sadly, in a few days most people will forget about everything you just said and go on with their merry life.
Julie W. (15 days ago)
Big Pharma are the biggest crooks out there. Sometimes, holding the most desperate of patients medications for ransom. No one can tell me that ANY drug, not filled with gold, costs anywhere NEAR $300,000 a year, yet there ARE cancer and AIDS medications that cost that. Let me rephrase . . . that is what they CHARGE for it. Because they can. There NEEDS TO BE REGULATION on the allowable mark-up on drugs. X% mark-up allowable. The USA is the worst for this, but these dying patients (which can easily be you) will get no relief from the current president (tRump). I bet that website isn't even up anymore. It's bad enough in my country, but at least we're only paying for medication, and can get help paying that too. I don't know what people in the States do - die, I guess.
Julie W. (15 days ago)
Samples are one thing; I've gotten free samples from my doctor, so it can be helpful for patients with low incomes, but lunches or other gifts? No; not acceptable.
The more I see if america, the more I'm glad I don't live there. I'm not surprised they're all moving to the UK despite the car crash, in fact, plane crash that is Brexit and the fact that our country would be better run by a bunch of toddlers.
Jenny Shull (17 days ago)
Maybe people who need prescription drugs should do more research before taking prescription drugs. Just because your doctor gave u a prescription doesn't mean u have to take it especially if u have no idea what u are going to take. I wish I had done more research on the drugs doctors prescribed me. Yeah the prescription drugs I took probably worked but I still should have done more research and asked more questions. Instead of trusting someone who all I know about them is that they are a doctor. How would I know if the Dr I'm seeing is legit? It's definitely not by the diplomas they have on their wall because I can't tell the difference between a fake diploma and really one especially if the fake diploma looks exactly like a real diploma. I bet people who go to see a doctor don't ask if the doctor is actually a Dr.
Kaylee Lockheart (19 days ago)
Also, I've had wellbutrin prescribed for smoking cessation too. It's the catch all super placebo!
StonebridgeOxford HOA (22 days ago)
Don't take ANY pharmaceuticals! They are poisonous. Eat right, exercise, and keep your immune system strong. And keep your body in an alkaline state to prevent cancer. It cannot thrive there, but WILL thrive in a body that is acidic.
Solus Aldrain (22 days ago)
"Our company has identified you as a potential thot leader."
Vivek Sawhney (22 days ago)
Unfortunately, this video and others on this topic paint this as black and white where not seeing drug reps at all is the best option. I know plenty of doctors who see drug reps that don't change their prescribing habits. They do it to help get samples for patients in need, and keep the door open for their patients to get "foundation assistance" for their medicine. Essentially, that is when a drug company gives their drug out at a reduced price to someone with poor insurance or high deductibles or large co-pay. If a doctor severs those relationships, they can make life worse for their patients. Of course you should only prescribe off label if something is very well studied and you should be straight up with reps. Don't take large amounts of money that you know you didn't earn or change your prescribing habits. Also, if a doctor's staff gets free lunch, only the doctor's meal will be listed. You can easily see the difference between $10,000 which can include funding for educational meetings about the disease the drug treats vs $500,000. If your doctor can't explain the amount listed, there is a problem.
Ariel Bauer (24 days ago)
Marie Niyo (28 days ago)
"Happy Horny Skinny drug" sound like a winner porn star's name to me!
Jordan Sullivan (28 days ago)
You really missed a great opportunity for a "modesty meal" joke about Hooters
NicKoDemiS SwaGGaReLLo (1 month ago)
Whssem H (1 month ago)
Wtf is wrong with his thumb..
Hannah C (1 month ago)
Once had a psych who tried to prescribe me an antipsychotic. I asked her what exactly the drug would do and she said "Well we think it finds your imbalanced chemical and fixes" Needless to say, I got the fuck out of there
Annie Harding (1 month ago)
Probably no one's going to see this but I went for work experience as a high school student to a medical centre and the thing about lunches every day provided by drug representatives is true in a small town in Australia
ThXGOD (1 month ago)
But, Why do "Moral" Dems like Crooked Booker, Menendez, Warner and others quietly behind closed doors vote against and defeat less expensive pharma entering the US market from Canada over 2 years ago citing "safety". I'm confident fixed income elderly citizens wouldn't be pleased with these deceiving hypocritical scoundrels putting their pharma lobbyist(s) "Safety" interests/pockets before Americans financial and health needs. Just sharing the fact(s) however, Google it if you like.
All View Construction (1 month ago)
That high school bf joke was 🔥
TomG Gabin (1 month ago)
It's like America is some gigantic social engineering experiment where capitalism, the desire for a small government, Christianity, and materialism have all been allowed to become as virulent as possible...and then we watch the consequences.
Dima (1 month ago)
Marketing to doctors is bad, marketing to customers is also bad (you covered this in case different episode). Then who can these companies market to? Just say it. Marketing pharmaceuticals to anyone is a bad idea. Informing doctors is one thing, giving them incentive to sell should be Illegal. Advertising prescription drugs to consumers with no medical expertise should also be banned.
Sharon Jensen (1 month ago)
I think they should do an episode of "Arrow" where he goes after the drug pushing doctors and the companies who offer bribes. Because that lot really have "failed this city!" Nothing a few poisoned arrows wouldn't fix. Just saying....
Sanweine Medicine (1 month ago)
I wish i could watch johnOliver for free.
Jeff Carroll (1 month ago)
Odin Vik (1 month ago)
hey that doctor is google
rat boi (1 month ago)
My psychiatrist tried to force me on Klonopin, despite me telling him my regular low dose med cleared my panic attacks. I took Klonopin once and it fucked me up. Needless to say, I switched psychiatrists.
I_Lean_ Right (1 month ago)
Great episode. #BlastFromThePast. This was from 2015 when this show was journalist in nature and now sadly is just a lame anti trump show- like all the rest. #MakeComedyGreatAgain
hominyboy (1 month ago)
Aww, butt hurt much?
hello99127 (1 month ago)
Isn't that guy at the end the guy who plays Google in the CollegeHumor videos?
Lauren Bromund (1 month ago)
Y’all ever think about how many jokes the studio audience misses because they’re laughing through them
Gina Mori (1 month ago)
they had me on seroquell and a few of my fellow friends its as we called it serakill.
Kyle Schaff (1 month ago)
Lol, I’m on both Seroquel and Wellbutrin
Saeryf (1 month ago)
Rofl, "Angry erections lasting more than 17 hours." Yeesh, what a side-effect.
Anon ymous (1 month ago)
Went on the website. It doesn't seem to include family nurse practitioners, which can also prescribe drugs autonomously
Angelica S (1 month ago)
it is funny he speaks like these about other drugs, but vaccines are magically 100% safe lol...
hominyboy (1 month ago)
There's nothing magic about it. IF you can provide actual scientific, verifiable, and repeatable evidence showing how vaccines are unsafe, then please do so. Otherwise, you have to accept the fact that the reason there's no genuine commentary on the damage done by vaccines, it's because there is no basis for such.
Saffana Siddiqui (1 month ago)
Meme Jesus (1 month ago)
-thot leader-
Eugenio Colussi filho (2 months ago)
kdawkins3 (2 months 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 (2 months ago)
aleah marie (2 months 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. (2 months 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 (2 months 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 (2 months ago)
Do not deprive yourself of John Oliver, I have never watched anyone that I have laughed so hard at time after time.
Run Against Castration (2 months ago)
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 (2 months ago)
Lunch is awesome though.
Matthew Curmi (2 months ago)
9:50 They don't say 'yes'; they say 'YAS'.
Tyler Peters (2 months 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 (2 months 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 (2 months 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 (2 months ago)
Hey did anyone else here see " Love & Other Drugs" when Jakey G was pouring the pork to Anne HugeFuckingEyes Hathaway?
Tab Utu (2 months ago)
This bloke is fair dinkum a seriously funny cunt.
magicalfeyfenny (2 months 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 (2 months ago)
15:50 How it works: money combines with cash receptors in your doctors wallet to create fast acting financial relief. hahahaha
Kelli Londo (2 months 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 (2 months 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 (2 months ago)
Our medical system is corrupt from top to bottom.
worrell30 (2 months 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 (2 months ago)
I love John Oliver, I don’t need to watch him in 720p60 Low definition please
Dillinger R. (2 months ago)
I used to love the taste of ass until I tried Sobe coconut water
theFizzyGaming (2 months ago)
Is that doctor at the end Google from If Google Were a Guy?
Marax (2 months ago)
Same in germny, just not as excessive
Chloe Remigio (2 months ago)
that doctor received one (1) cheerio
Janak Jodhan (2 months 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 (2 months 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.
Sharon Jensen (1 month ago)
This is exactly what I was trying to tell people over twenty years ago! Did they listen then? No. But now they are. Oh, how the worm does turn. Took everyone else a while to catch up and discover what I already knew. Let's hear the applause! Well done!
DrunkYouTube (2 months ago)
Thank you guys for bringing awareness to this pharmaceutical corruption.
Sharon Jensen (1 month ago)
And not a minute before time. Took long enough to wake up to what I already knew.
Tien LeBon (2 months ago)
I got the NHS mate
Amanda Armstrong (2 months 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 (2 months ago)
Read "Bad Medicine" by Ben Goldacre...a real eye opener!
MarlonBitoy (2 months 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 (2 months 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 (3 months 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 (3 months 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 (3 months 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 (3 months 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 (3 months ago)
THOT leader = kylie jenner
Holly Plyler (3 months 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 (3 months ago)
wtf America...
Faunny C. (3 months 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 (3 months ago)
Young and good looking went flying out of the window😁
stringtheoryOW (3 months ago)
I’m a high school boy :,(
Anthony D'Ascoli (3 months 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 (3 months 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 (3 months ago)
christian macri (3 months ago)
Again and again... John highlighting the biggest crimes of the day, crimes no-one else will speak about
Mildly Amusing Channel (3 months ago)
Man, if I was a doctor I'd just take the cash and never say shit about the product, hahaha xD
PinkTrash Unicorn (3 months 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 (3 months ago)
Would be interesting to compare it to the Semiconductor industry.
King LuckyDay (3 months 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 (3 months ago)
I hear Thot leader.
Michael French (3 months 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 (3 months 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.

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