Kim Kardashian Is Getting Dragged for This Instagram About a Controversial Drug
By Hayley MacMillen. Photos: Courtesy of Instagram.
Here we are again, Kim Kardashian: Two years ago, when she was expecting her son Saint, the reality star and media mogul posted a sponsored Instagram advertising the drug Diclegis, which is meant to relieve morning sickness. None other than the FDA got involved, issuing a letter that called out Kim's post for failing to "communicate any risk information associated" with the use of Diclegis and suggesting the drug was safer than it is. On Thursday, the star posted another Instagram endorsing the drug, this time with a long description of the drug's risks apparently copy-pasted in, and people are not having it.
There are a few things going on in with this #sponsored Insta: One is that Kim is presumably not currently pregnant, making now an odd time to be promoting a morning sickness drug (if you can call earning cash for sharing sponsored content "odd"). Another is the photo itself. It's admittedly bizarre, featuring Kim brandishing a cell phone that has been edited to show Kim's sponsored Diclegis post from two years ago (#SponCon inception!).
And yes, while Kim is covering her bases by including the drug's risk information, it is jarring to read phrases such as "Common side effects may include drowsiness" and "Diclegis hasn't been studied in women with hyperemesis gravidarum" in a Kardashian kaption.
As the FDA made very clear in 2015, it's better to include this info than not. But considering that the medical community isn't even convinced that Diclegis is effective, it might have been even better if Kim had found something else to hawk on Insta. "I’ve been looking into [Diclegis] [for the] last five years and found no good reason to prescribe this medication over others," family physician and researcher Nav Persaud told the Washington Post. "Astonishingly, I’ve found the study that is supposed to be the basis of the claim this medication is effective is problematic." Questions of whether Kim is betraying her #PersonalBrand aside, no one should take a drug on the basis of her (paid) encouragement — that's a conversation to have with your doctor.
This story originally appeared on Allure.
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