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.

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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.

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15 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Thursday 8/17/06 - 10:03:58 AM EST (GMT-5)
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.

15 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Thursday 8/17/06 - 12:09:17 PM EST (GMT-5)
There is nothing like the thrill of legal drug hustling.
15 yrs ago, 7 mos ago - Saturday 10/7/06 - 11:36:49 AM EST (GMT-5)
Sleeping pills, yes. But no to most others.
15 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Tuesday 11/14/06 - 3:06:00 AM EST (GMT-5)
I love it how a lot of the drug companies say it doesn't effect the choices people make about medical drugs.

If they really thought it didn't effect anything they wouldn't bloody do it.

14 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Thursday 6/14/07 - 9:44:14 PM EST (GMT-5)
Sorry but i think this is a bit stupid, You'd get people going in get free samples off everything and OD'ing.
14 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Thursday 6/14/07 - 10:15:58 PM EST (GMT-5)
In my opinion, free samples are just an extended drug trial.

If you want to take part, take the samples. Usually the doc is like "I'd like to try you on blah blah" and they sort of imply that they are giving you the option to say yea or ney.

I have said no before because I was unfamiliar with the product and he had no issue with giving me a script for something else.

The above scenario is one of the reasons why drug companies advertise on prime time now.

lewis, I really wish you would stay in chat. You truly are clueless most of the time.

14 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Thursday 6/14/07 - 10:28:49 PM EST (GMT-5)
If a doctor okays it, yeah.
14 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Tuesday 7/3/07 - 11:03:54 PM EST (GMT-5)
Oh HELL no.
14 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Thursday 1/17/08 - 11:47:14 AM EST (GMT-5)
Looks like they aren't giving them to the people who really need them...

Free drug samples go to wealthy and insured



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