If you watch TV you can’t avoid them – The woman who can’t quit smoking, the couple in the hot tub (because the moment is right), the depressed people, the insomniacs. Then come the list of side effects: nausea, vomiting, heart attack, stroke, speaking in tongues, and so on.
To my knowledge, there are only two nations which allow DTC advertising of pharmaceuticals. The United States and New Zealand. DTC stands for “direct-to-consumer” in advertising lingo. In September 1985, a US Food and Drug Administration ruling legalized this type of advertising.
Now for a little Astrology. In September 1985, Neptune stationed direct at 0 Capricorn (a critical degree). So Neptune, ruler of drugs, in the sign of big business and government. Yep, that sounds about right.
In September 1985, the US progressed Sun was at almost 11 degrees Aquarius (10AQ39). This is close to the heliocentric south node of Neptune, which is at 11AQ36. Now, in 2011, the US progressed Sun is in Pisces, where it has been for almost seven years. Medication Nation.
This headline from Science Daily: Big Pharma Spends More On Advertising Than On Research And Development Study Finds
Science Daily (Jan. 7, 2008) — A new study by two York University researchers estimates the U.S. pharmaceutical industry spends almost twice as much on promotion as it does on research and development, contrary to the industry’s claim.
Source: Science Daily/York University
Duh, we sorta knew that.
And when Big Pharma isn’t spending money warning you about 4 hour erections, they’re spending hundreds of millions lobbying to influence legislation.
OK, that’s enough ranting for now….where’s the Xanax?