When I started logging Fox News advertisers, I decided to exclude companies who sold health, medical, and pharmaceutical products based on the hypothesis that consumers would not base health-related choices on whether a company advertises on any particular cable network.
Starting this week, I will include products advertised by Bayer AG – A German pharmaceutical company.
DISCLAIMER: I am not a doctor or pharmacist and the following is not medical advice. Consult your doctor or pharmacist before starting, stopping, or changing any medication.
When I include Bayer AG and recalculate the list of top advertisers, Bayer AG is projected to rank number 3 for this week. Most of the products Bayer AG advertises on Fox News have generic or name brand alternatives with identical or similar formulations and consumers can easily ask their doctor or pharmacist if there are equivalent alternatives when making purchase decisions.
Generic, store brand, or name brand alternatives are available for most of not all of these products advertised by Bayer AG*:
• Aleve pain relief (Naproxen Sodium)
• Alka-Seltzer chewable anti-acid
• Bayer (Aspirin)
• Coridin cough/cold/flu – Ingredients vary based on symptoms.
• Miralax constipation relief
• One-A-Day vitamins
DISCLAIMER: I am not a doctor or pharmacist and this is not medical advice. Consult your doctor or pharmacist before starting, stopping, or changing any medication.