Originally Posted by *MC*
That said, nowadays on the TV, there is an advertisement every other commercial break for a drug which is not treating a life-threatening aliment and for which there are very dangerous side-effects (if you can listen to the voice run down the laundry list at lightning fast speed during the last 4 seconds).
It's some years since I've been to the USA, and now that you mention it, I remember being surprised by all the drug adverts on TV there. They are endemic, aren't they? That's a big difference to over here, where we get a few ads for cold relief, headaches and general pain, and that's it.
In general - and this is stereotyping horribly - I think there is a greater tendency for people in the US to be generically suspicious of all government/public offices, and more forgiving when it comes to private corporations. Though that maybe just my perception.