Monday, February 25, 2008

Pfizer Flips. Jarvik Flops!

It's official! Jarvik is off the air as the Lipitor spokesperson!

"... the way in which we presented Dr. Jarvik in these ads has, unfortunately, led to misimpressions and distractions from our primary goal of encouraging patient and physician dialogue on the leading cause of death in the world -- cardiovascular disease," said Pfizer’s President of Worldwide Pharmaceutical Operations Ian Read. "We regret this. Going forward, we commit to ensuring there is greater clarity in our advertising regarding the presentation of spokespeople."

See Pfizer's press release here.

See previous Pharma Marketing Blog posts on Jarvik (in reverse chronological order):

2 comments:

  1. Here's a pretty complete set of online ads done by Pfizer & Jarvik over the past 2 years, including the controversial (and since edited) ones that claim he invented the artificial heart:

    Pfizer Lipitor w/ Dr. Jarvik online ads

    After his colleagues complained, he began describing himself as the inventor of the "Jarvik artificial heart".

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  2. There's a recent series of articles I came across about the slimey way of Pfizor and there Lipitor ads. Really intresting articles check them out.
    Part One: ROBERT JARVIK, PFIZER'S PIMP WITH A PUMP
    Part Two: LIPITOR- THE POISON THAT CAUSES CONGESTIVE HEART FAILURE

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