Someone forced me to watch an episode of NBC's SMASH last week. I can't watch TV anymore. The episode wasn't even really about this, but there's a plot line running through it where the lead actress is having vocal problems and the doctor prescribes her Prednisone-- which she doesn't want to take because it's so awful and horrible and addictive and causes every possible medication side effect in the world.................... apparently, SMASH doesn't have a medical consultant, and if I were the makers of Prednisone, I would be calling my lawyers and seeing if there's any way we can sue NBC, because they made Prednisone out to be some sort of evil drug that causes mood swings and instant dependence and turns everyone who even thinks about taking it into a drug addict. What terrible thing did Prednisone do to whoever wrote this episode?
I wasn't going to write this post, but then the same person forced me to watch another episode this week, and they mentioned the Prednisone again! As in, OH NO, she's become so desperate that she had to take the Prednisone the doctor prescribed and this is indicative of a terrible character flaw. It's a useful medication. I wouldn't advise taking it for fun or anything, but if you need it, you need it, it's not heroin.
How do people become medical consultants on TV shows, or does the job simply not exist anymore, and that's why nothing ever makes any sense?