Pfizer Inc said on Monday it was pulling television advertisements for its Lipitor cholesterol drug featuring Dr. Robert Jarvik, inventor of the Jarvik artificial heart, because they created "misimpressions."
The ads involving Jarvik had come under scrutiny from a U.S. House of Representative committee as part of an investigation into celebrity endorsements of prescription medicines.
Democratic lawmakers had voiced concern that Jarvik's qualifications were misrepresented in widely seen TV commercials touting the blockbuster drug. They said Jarvik seemed to be dispensing medical advice even though he is not a practicing physician.
The commercials, which portray Jarvik in various outdoor activities, also raised eyebrows after news reports that a stunt double was used in a scene with a man rowing across a lake.
A man, who has one of the greatest medical minds in the world and has saved more lives than the whole of Congress combined, has come under fire from people that attach earmarks to bills, participate in pork barrel spending, take bribes, and peddle influence to special interests (left and right). Why? Because he has become the target of "misimpressions".
What a beautiful world, we live in.
(Inspired by an early morning rant by Mrs. Sunsett)