Drug Advertisement

Rules and Regulations

Rules That Control Information in Advertisements For Prescription Drug Products

As required by law, the Food and Drug Administration publishes regulations in the Federal Register, the federal government's official publication for notifying the public of many kinds of agency actions. The FDA (Federal Drug Administration) states that product claim ads must tell you at least one approved use for the drug, the genetic name for the drug, all the risks of using the drug, and under certain circumstances, ads can only give the most important risks. They are not required to tell you the cost, if there is a genetic version of the drug, if there is a similar drug with different or fewer risks that can treat the condition, and many other things.

Effectiveness of the Rules that are Protecting the Medication Users

The rules of the FDA are somewhat effective. Each month, the FDA issues 1 to2 warnings each month. If a company fails to follow these rules, this could cause serious problems. For example, if the advertisement doesn't tell you the risks of taking their drug, and you take it, it could sometimes result in (among other things) depression, suicidal thoughts o actions, and death.