Should drug companies be allowed to give away free samples of their prescription drugs?
A free Viagra prescription or a no-cost trial of sleeping pills are examples of growing offers to U.S. consumers, but regulators and critics worry about the side effects of pitching medicines like selling soap. Drug makers say the coupons, rebates and similar promotions lower patient costs or provide the chance to try new medicines. Consumer groups, however, say they may draw people to risky drugs they may not need, without long-term savings.
For prescription drugs (e.g Viagra), they shouldn't be allowed to. For over the counter drugs (e.g. some sleeping pills), I don't see a problem with it.
A lot of people are against the direct-to-consumer advertising that drug companies are doing more and more of recently. But to me it's no different than the rest of the hundreds of ads every person's exposed to each day. In this day and age, people should be responsible enough to make informed choices rather than insist on turning the government and corporations into babysitters.