Congress Probes Celebrity Drug Ad Endorsements

The sub-headline over at is “Lawmakers Concerned That ‘Dr.’ Jarvik Lipitor Ads May Be Misleading Viewers.”

A kindly “doctor,” Robert Jarvik, inventor of the artificial heart, tells viewers about the benefits of Lipitor, the cholesterol-lowering medication. The ubiquitous commercial, along with previous ads, helped make Lipitor the best-selling drug in the world, with almost $13 billion in sales in 2006.

Those ads, and their use of celebrity endorsers, like Jarvik, are now being investigated [by a congressional subcommittee], for potentially misleading viewers. Source:

I am not surprised, especially since I wrote an earlier article showing how misleading the Lipitor print ads are. That article can be found here. It’s a very deceptive ad.


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