Unless you’ve been under a rock for the last year you have probably seen this TV commercial – at least 1,000 times. A beautiful young blond woman (played by actress Rebecca Brooksher) at the fair, talking about her UC (ulcerative colitis) and all the things in daily life that may cause it to unexpectedly flare up. She thinks that the worry of a UC flareup is normal until she talked to her doctor. As the blond woman is shown going from being worried, to having a care-free day, free of her problems caused by ulcerative colitis, we hear the announcer tell us all of the warnings and side effects of using Humira.
The good, the bad, and the ugly of Humira:
Humira can lower your ability to fight infections including tuberculosis. Serious, sometimes fatal infections and cancers including lymphoma have happened as have blood, liver and nervous system problems, serious allergic reactions and new or worsening heart failure. Before treatment get tested for TB. Tell your doctor if you’ve been to areas where certain fungal infections are common and if you’ve had TB, hepatitis B, are prone to infections or are have flu like infections or sores. Don’t start Humera if you have an infection.
So other than the possibility of heart failure, cancer and many other side effects that are no-doubt far worse than the UC itself, Humera seems as wonderful as any other medication. But did you catch that one sentence that to me, just causes more confusion?
Tell your doctor if you’ve been to areas where certain fungal infections are common
Think about that statement for a minute.
What exactly are “certain fungal infections”. How am I supposed to know if I’ve been to an area where these unknown and un-named fungal infections are common if I have no idea what these “certain fungal infections” are?
This is more of a rant than anything else, as I’m sure the pharmaceutical sales people pushing Humira in every doctor’s office in the United States has provided a long list of whatever these “certain” fungal infections are so my doctor will surely know. But isn’t the point of a television commercial to inform me about this product so I can decide if “Humera is right for me”? This ad lists side effects including death, but why won’t they tell me what these “certain” fungal infections are?
Does this kind of TV commercial bother you like it bothers me? Leave a comment below.