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Eugen Tarnow


      Dr. House’s Vicodin and Sheriff Longmire’s Zoloft criminals - how well did pharma do?

      Eugen G Tarnow  November 3 2015 10:29:56 AM
      By Eugen Tarnow, Ph.D.
      Avalon Business Systems, Inc.

      A very famous social psychologist, Stanley Milgram, once tried to find out whether violence on TV translates into violence in society.  His findings were that the crime rate did not go up after a crime was shown on TV, BUT that the type of crime tended to imitate the TV show.

      Recently it was found that the number one drug for Medicare patients is Vicodin, the drug that gets Dr. House hooked on TV.  Did the TV show influence the number of prescriptions of vicodin?  If so, in which direction?

      We don't have the resources to do this project, but someone ought to do it.  Help has been offered on youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PSaasBjeJek

      One would need to get the daily prescription data from IMS and then the show data (from Nielsen?).

      Once that is done one can turn one's attention to the Longmire show's Zoloft criminals - who desperately want to make Zoloft available to prevent suicide of veterans (not much evidence that would work).  Did the Zoloft prescriptions go up?
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