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NNT is hardly the world's best kept secret. It would be nice if the pharmaceuticals companies were straightforward in reporting the value of their products in their advertising. It would also be nice if the makers of breakfast cereals, cars, and everything else did the same. Neither group is going to, and for the same reasons. Caeveat emptor.Here in the UK direct advertising of drugs to patients rather than doctors is limited. The idea is that the doctors are less likely to be fooled.
"I can safely say the NNT has NEVER EVER been mentioned on tv or the mass media."Does the internet count as mass media?"The news people never mention it as they are either ignorant or it's beyond their intellectual understanding." If it's beyond the journalists, how well do you think the public would understand it?If they wouldn't understand it why waste broadcast time telling them about it? "Your assertion about caveat emptor is absurd and dangerous and shows your association with big business and making excuses for their dangerous practices."OK fine; if you want to ignore the fact that, like other big businesses, Pharma tends to keep quiet about the downside of their products that's great.However for those of us who do realise that, I think that telling the buyer to beware is eminently sensible advice.The alternative seems to be "Buyer, blindly buy stuff- none of it is ever a ripoff or dangerous".I guess we have differning opinions as to what counts as absurd.While you are at it, perhaps you would like to tell me what you think my association with big business is exactly? Or was that just an ad hom. atack, made in the hope that I wouldn't notice?"Does the chief executives and board members even remember you or care about you?"Of course not. That's why, as a buyer, I have to care about me."Perhaps you want to remove the warning labels on all products sold because of your caveat emptor."No, that's obviously the opposite of what I want. How could the buyer take care about what they bought without information?Why are you making such a silly sugestion?