Whether the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) should protect online health seekers from false information is complex and nuanced. While the FDA plays a crucial role in regulating the safety and efficacy of drugs, medical devices, and other healthcare products, its jurisdiction primarily extends to products marketed and sold within the United States. However, the FDA’s authority over online health information is limited, especially when it comes to content disseminated by individuals or entities outside the jurisdiction of the United States.
The COVID-19 pandemic has significantly impacted our lives in countless ways, and how we seek health information online is no exception. From a surge in telehealth usage to a heightened focus on mental health resources, the pandemic has fundamentally changed the landscape of online health-seeking.