- 89 percent of the public favors requiring the Food and Drug Administration [FDA] to review prescription-drug ads for accuracy before they are broadcast.
- A survey of patients by Prevention Magazine in 2012 showed that 71 percent of people agree that DTC advertisements “allow people to be more involved with their health care” and 75 percent believe that DTC ads are useful because they “tell people about new treatments.
- Prevention’s survey also found that 76 percent of Americans talked to their physicians about a condition after seeing a DTC ad and among those who discussed a specific medicine that was advertised with their physician, only 20 percent received the prescription of the advertised medicine.
- Fair balance in DTC TV ads is not necessary as the vast majority of patients will go online to learn about drug side effects.
- Drug companies are left out of social media conversations because they lack FDA guidelines.
KEY TAKEAWAY: Assuming that consumers “tune out” or “tune in”risk information via DTC TV ads ignores one important aspect: consumers are not going to run to their doctor after seeing a DTC TV ad. Continue reading
KEY TAKEAWAY: To suggest that ANY DTC ads are too distracting for fair balance information clearly shows just how out of touch the FDA is with the methods patients make healthcare decisions. Continue reading
KEY TAKEAWAY: Until the FDA is serious, along with states, prescription drug pain medications are going to continue to be abused because they are too easy to get hooked on”. Continue reading
KEY TAKEAWAY: “Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I’m not sure about the universe” said Albert Einstein. I’m beginning to think that can be applied to the FDA when it comes to DTC ads. Studying animation in DTC ads? At a time when DTC ads are under attack the FDA should be reassuring attackers that DTC ads benefit consumers and doesn’t lead to patients requesting unnecessary prescriptions. Continue reading
KEY TAKEAWAY: 30% of social media users prefer social care to phoning customer service and this is happening across age groups and income brackets: 17% of people older than 55 prefer social media over the telephone for service, and nearly half of people earning more than $200k per year prefer social media over live interactions for customer service. Continue reading
POST SUMMARY: The FDA is planning to make it easier for consumers to understand complicated language in print ads and while this is a good first step they need to better understand how DTC ads are actually leading to healthcare decisions. Continue reading