I said the same thing to my Grand Daughter, that I never saw so many medicines and medical products on TV. They weren't on like this when I was young, so she said maybe it's because it's I'm older now. I said I don't think so !!
It's interesting that all the intelligent responses have negative opinions on drug ads. Not only do they drive up our costs significantly, they really are not informative at all. Big pharma is counting on patients to recognize drug names and think that they are somehow better. I feel the same about print ads in newspapers and magazines. I doubt anyone reads then but it does drive up our costs.
Not only are all the pharma commercials boring (they don't even use clever ad agency tactics) but they are aired at the most expensive marketing times. They could use the money for research, trials and productive pricing. I'm not qualified to judge what drugs are appropriate for me. That's why I have a physician.
Adds for medicines are not truly helpful for the average person and are part of the reason why the pharmaceutical companies have such exorbitant pricing for their prescription drugs. They should be banned from all advertising means.