DTC ads are a "tremendous intrusion" into the clinician-patient relationship, he said.
These ads "suck precious time, motivation and energy from the patient visit, forcing clinicians to educate patients about why a slickly promoted drug is not as important as a less sexy lifestyle change or even a cheaper but equally effective alternative medication.
Two insights can be gleaned from this temper tantrum:
Strange would have been, is or was a lousy and imperious physician that takes any questions from patients a direct challenge to his authority. The scenario he sets up of patients coming in asking for a drug instead of a lifestyle change or a generic drug is a fantasy. As if everyone who needs medication is either taking it or taking it properly or if patients come in just asking for a drug without a diagnosis!
The idea that educating patients is not part of the physician's duty ultimately reflects the elitist and authoritarian view of Strange and his ilk. I am not a big fan of DTC ads in general but I would rather get information on my own than instruction from a physician who regards educating patients about new medicines he or she may have found out about on their own as a waste of time or as a sign of stupidy...