Last updated on: 3/25/2010 | Author: ProCon.org

US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Biography

Position:
Pro to the question "Should Prescription Drugs Be Advertised Directly to Consumers?"
Reasoning:

“Consistent with the First Amendment, FDA may only regulate prescription drug advertising that is false or misleading. To that end, FDA regulations specify, among other things, that prescription drug advertisements cannot omit material facts, and must present a ‘fair balance’ between benefit and risk information…

The Agency believes that, if done properly, prescription drug advertising can provide consumers with important information about new prescriptions and new indications for existing prescription drugs, as well as information about symptoms of treatable illnesses and other conditions. Done properly, prescription drug advertising can assist consumers in taking a pro-active role in improving their health.”

US Senate Special Committee on Aging “The Impact of Direct to Consumer Drug Advertising on Senior’s Health and Health Care Costs,” aging.senate.gov, Sep. 29, 2005

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
Organizations/VIPs/Others
Individuals and organizations that do not fit into the other star categories.
Description:

“FDA is the federal agency responsible for ensuring that foods are safe, wholesome and sanitary; human and veterinary drugs, biological products, and medical devices are safe and effective; cosmetics are safe; and electronic products that emit radiation are safe. FDA also ensures that these products are honestly, accurately and informatively represented to the public.”

“What FDA Regulates,” fda.gov (accessed Jan. 21, 2010)

Mission:

“The FDA is responsible for protecting the public health by assuring the safety, efficacy, and security of human and veterinary drugs, biological products, medical devices, our nation’s food supply, cosmetics, and products that emit radiation.

The FDA is also responsible for advancing the public health by helping to speed innovations that make medicines and foods more effective, safer, and more affordable; and helping the public get the accurate, science-based information they need to use medicines and foods to improve their health.”

“What We Do,” fda.gov (accessed Jan. 21, 2010)

Other:
Federal government agency