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Coalition Responds to DTC Study, Editorial In Annals of Family Medicine, January/February 2007
The January/February 2007 edition of the Annals of Family Medicine contains a report on a DTC research study and an accompanying editorial co-authored by former FDA Commissioner David Kessler. Although the FDA needs to ground its DTC policy on the science of consumer behavior, the study and the editorial would lead policy makers in the wrong direction.
Either editorialists Kessler and Levy didnâ€™t read the study carefully or chose to ignore its limits. Nothing in the research supports their opinions and conclusions that more stringent DTC rules are needed. Further, the research authors largely ignore the significant body of studies on the effects of advertising on consumer beliefs and behaviors, including the FDA's own studies, that demonstrate that exposure to advertising leads to more and better doctor-patient conversations.
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