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American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) Biography

Con to the question "Should Prescription Drugs Be Advertised Directly to Consumers?"

“[Policy Number] 1624…To advocate that Congress ban direct-to-consumer advertising [DCTA] for prescription drugs and medication-containing devices…

ASHP recognizes that banning a constitutionally protected right to free speech, even commercial speech, must be reinforced by evidence that indicates the banned speech negatively impacts society. In the case of DCTA, those negative impacts, including intrusion on the patient-prescriber relationship and increased healthcare costs, are evident and overwhelming. Given the outsized role prescription drug products have as a cost driver to the healthcare system, the detrimental effects of DCTA, and the limited potential benefits, ASHP has concluded that a ban on DTCA of prescription drugs and drug-containing implantable medical devices is warranted.”

“ASHP Policy Positions 1982-2016,”, 2016


“ASHP’s more than 43,000 members include pharmacists, student pharmacists, and pharmacy technicians. For 75 years, ASHP has been at the forefront of efforts to improve medication use and enhance patient safety.”

“About ASHP,” (accessed Apr. 21, 2017)


“The mission of pharmacists is to help people achieve optimal health outcomes. ASHP helps its members achieve this mission by advocating and supporting the professional practice of pharmacists in hospitals, health systems, ambulatory care clinics, and other settings spanning the full spectrum of medication use. ASHP serves its members as their collective voice on issues related to medication use and public health…

ASHP’s vision is that medication use will be optimal, safe, and effective for all people all of the time.”

“About ASHP,” (accessed Apr. 21, 2017)

501(c)(6) professional society
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