For the most part, I’m glad we have strong drug companies to make new medications and push the barriers of what is possible. And I don’t really mind that they market directly to consumers through TV commercials and other media. However, the Abilify commercials from Bristol-Myers Squibb drive me crazy.
If your depression isn’t well controlled, add Abilify. You may get diabetes or tardive dyskinesia. But there is also a chance that potentially your depression could get a tiny bit better. Yeah, because having an expensive, life-altering chronic illness (diabetes) won’t make you more depressed. I don’t know about you but tardive dyskinesia (a disorder in which you uncontrollably move your mouth, face, and/or exteremities) really lifts my spirits.
Oh, and according to the commercial Abilify may also make you kill yourself or have a stroke. Can’t wait to get my hands on it!