Medications play a huge role in medicalization and an increasingly large role in biomedicalization. Reliance on medications for control over basic biological behavior has been part of American society for quite some time and has grown into the ‘enhancement’ segment that is biomedicalization where intervention is not entirely necessary. Things like high-cholesterol that could be managed with a change in diet, are frequently being managed with medications instead. This change in behavior is indicative of our desire for immediacy in results for health and wellbeing. This is easily demonstrated by any type of weight-loss ad that uses an extremely short time frame as a selling point. We are also seeing that medications and the profitability that comes with them, enable the medicalization of certain conditions (like the menstruation example). By marketing the birth control in a certain way, pharmaceutical companies can lure in all kinds of customers to manage something that does not necessarily require management. This merely demonstrates the capitalistic nature of our society.
Obviously there is huge potential for a drug that aids in weight-loss or weight management in our society that struggles with obesity. The ad claims that no change in diet or large increase in exercise is necessary to see results using Capsiplex which is wonderful news for the average consumer that does not seek a large change in lifestyle, but wants the weight-loss results advertised. This means the daily routine can continue, uninterrupted, by simply taking the pill. The ad uses biosociality and makes the narrator relatable and seem just like them in that she does not wish to have to change her lifestyle, but simply wants something to control her weight fluctuations. In addition, it is obvious that there is a sexual element to the ad by using a woman having a great time modeling her “Capsiplex-aided” body and flaunting her success as a result of her weight-loss. They are depicting the ideal female social experience that was also seen in the birth control ads where the narrator’s life has improved dramatically because she no longer experiences weight fluctuations and she constantly receives compliments on her figure. The ad is also light on specific medical information, especially contraindications of the drug. It is simply marketed as a drug that aids the metabolism of fat. Overall, the ad markets to the consumer using relatability and simplicity to sell the drug.