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Type: Journal article
Title: What are the public health effects of direct-to-consumer drug advertising?
Author: Almasi, E.
Stafford, R.
Kravitz, R.
Mansfield, P.
Citation: PLoS Medicine, 2006; 3(3):284-288
Publisher: Public Library of Science
Issue Date: 2006
ISSN: 1549-1277
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Elizabeth A. Almasi, Randall S. Stafford, Richard L. Kravitz, Peter R. Mansfield
Abstract: Only two industrialized countries, the United States and New Zealand, allow direct-to-consumer advertising (DTCA) of prescription medicines, although New Zealand is planning a ban. The challenge for these governments is ensuring that DTCA is more beneficial than harmful. Proponents of DTCA argue that it helps to inform the public about available treatments and stimulates appropriate use of drugs for high-priority illnesses (such as statin use in people with ischemic heart disease). Critics argue that the information in the adverts is often biased and misleading, and that DTCA raises prescribing costs without net evidence of health benefits.
Keywords: Humans
Patient Compliance
Public Health
Placebo Effect
Drug Industry
United States
New Zealand
Community Participation
Rights: Copyright: © 2006 Almasi et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
DOI: 10.1371/journal.pmed.0030145
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