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    FTC Asks FDA to Reevaluate Framework for Homeopathic Products

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently announced it was considering changing the way homeopathic products are regulated and asked for input on whether its current regulatory framework for homeopathic products was sufficient. Now, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is weighing in, calling on FDA to "consider amending or repealing its framework for homeopathic medications." Background In March 2015, FDA announced a public hearing to evaluate its regul...
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    Experts to Offer Ad, Promo and Labeling Advice at RAPS Virtual Event

    Advertising and promotion of healthcare products in the US are strictly regulated by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). As the Internet and social media have become increasingly powerful forces in our everyday lives and important sources of information on personal healthcare decisions, regulators, marketers and healthcare companies all have had to contend with a slew of new challenges. On Wednesday, 3 June, RAPS...
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    FDA Cracks Down on Companies Using Search Engine Promotion Tactics

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Federal Trade Commission (FTC) are cracking down on three alleged marketers of unproven Ebola treatments by using an unusual tactic: Cracking down on their use of search engine marketing tactics. Background In Warning Letters issued on 24 November 2014, FDA and FTC chided three companies for the improper use of "metatags"—a type of machine-readable language intended to be used by search engines. For example, if a website wa...