Prescription Drug Advertisement

Rules and Regulations

the rules and regulations that control information in advertisements for prescription drugs

The FDA regulates advertising only for prescription drugs. Federal law does not bar drug companies from advertising any kind of prescription drugs, even ones that can cause severe injury, addiction, or withdrawal effects. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) protects public health by assuring the safety, effectiveness, and security of a wide range of products, including human prescription drugs. The FDA advance public health by helping people get the accurate, science-based information they need to use medicines appropriately and improve their health. The Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act requires that advertisements for prescription drugs be accurate and not misleading.
  • How many warnings are issued each month?

One warning is issued every month at least. The most warnings you get a month are one to two warnings.


  • Can the effects of these violations be life threatening?

Yes, if they don't look at the violations it could be life threatening. The warnings tell the serious risks with using that prescription drug. If you ignore the warning, the person who is taking that prescription drug could be seriously hurt.