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    New Study Looks at FDA's Use of Social Media to Communicate on Drug Safety

    A new study looking at the US Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) use of social media to communicate about drug safety finds that the agency could improve its impact by developing social media strategies and taking a more active role on web platforms. The study, conducted by researchers at Harvard Medical School, Northeastern University, Boston Children's Hospital and The Ohio State University, and funded by FDA's Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, looks specifica...
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    FDA to its Scientists: Feel Free to Engage on Social Media

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is now encouraging its employees to use social media in a personal capacity, particularly for sharing information that may benefit public health, as long as employees make clear that their opinions aren’t the views of the agency. The new policy, released last week, clarifies that employees do not need to obtain permission or approval from FDA supervisors or agency management to use social media in a personal capacity, although “e...
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    Social Media: Changing the Rules for Regulatory Professionals

    This article discusses social media's role in the changing regulatory landscape and how regulatory professionals must evolve to ensure compliance with FDA requirements specific to the medical device field. As social media rapidly evolves via the internet, digital media platforms, new technologies and mobile applications enhancing the marketers' ability to create and deliver more personalized, segmented solutions to medical device users, regulatory professionals also ne...
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    FDA Cracks Down on Facebook Marketing With Four New Letters to Companies

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is increasingly paying attention to social media, and in particular Facebook, as companies use the social networking platform to market their products. Six Warning Letters in Six Months In at least six Warning Letters issued since October 2014, FDA has referenced promotional claims used to market products on Facebook. Warning Letter Issued to: Reason for Letter Date Issued Vitalab Co., Inc. Unapproved Claims 16 Octo...
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    Singapore Regulator Alleges Fake Lab Report Used on Facebook Page

    Singapore’s healthcare product regulator, the Health Sciences Authority (HSA), is alleging that a Malaysian dietary supplement company used falsified lab reports when promoting one of its products on its Facebook page and blog. A Warning on Facebook The company, Champion Club International Sdn Bhd, was warned about the Facebook post by HSA in a 23 December 2014 update on the regulator's website . The update clarifies that the product in question, known as "E250," is ...
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    FDA Hits Company for Improper Marketing on Facebook

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has sent a new Warning Letter to a company regarding claims it made on Facebook, which the agency alleges violate federal law. Background FDA regulates the commercial speech of pharmaceutical and dietary supplement manufacturers under the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act (FD&C Act), which allows the agency to restrict the types of claims made about products which have not been approved by FDA for an explicit purpose. Specif...
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    FDA Targets Companies for Facebook 'Likes.' Is Twitter Next?

    Over the last two years, two companies have found themselves in the sights of the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) after the regulator warned them for violating federal advertising regulations by "liking" unapproved claims on the social networking website Facebook. But while FDA's warnings have yet to set off a wider crackdown on pharmaceutical companies, recent changes to the social media platform Twitter have raised the possibility that similar attention might so...
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    FDA Warns Company for 'Liking' Status on Facebook

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a rare Warning Letter chiding a company for, among other reasons, improperly "liking" certain unapproved claims about its product on Facebook. The letter, sent to Utah-based dietary supplement manufacturer Zarbee's, is primarily focused on the company's marketing claims, which FDA says cause the company's products to be drugs under the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act (FD&C Act) . Under federal law, dietary supple...
  • Industry Sees Much not to ‘Like’ in FDA's First Social Media Guidance Document

    In January 2014, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released the first of what it said would be many guidance documents intended to clarify the use of social media by life sciences companies. Now the life science industry is weighing in on that draft guidance, calling for changes and clarifications. Background: Social Media and FDA The pharmaceutical industry's advertising and promotional materials are tightly regulated by FDA and the Federal Trade Commission (FT...
  • Company's Facebook Page Gets it in Trouble with FDA

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a new Untitled Letter to a pharmaceutical company for allegedly misbranding its hypothyroidism drug on Facebook. Untitled Letters are essentially unofficial warnings from FDA that a practice-Untitled Letters are most often reserved for alleged marketing violations-runs afoul of federal advertising regulations. Unlike a Warning Letter, Untitled Letters do not threaten subsequent enforcement action by FDA. In its latest...
  • Facebook, Search Engine Terms Again Focus of Warning Letter to Drug Manufacturer

    For at least the fifth time this year, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a Warning Letter to a company referencing claims made about a product on the company's Facebook page, once again illustrating that as companies expand their web presence to social media, FDA regulatory officials are keeping a close eye on their activities. Background: A Focus on Facebook FDA has issued 17 Warning Letters in its history that reference Facebook, beginning with a Ma...
  • False Statements on Facebook Regarding FDA-Regulated Product Lead to Jail Time for Iowa Man

    Rarely does one person influence how the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) looks at a company, but every so often one person comes along and-for better or worse-changes the agency's perspective. This article is about the latter of those two possibilities. Background An example of the former may well be Dinesh Thakur, who blew the whistle on deficient practices at Ranbaxy, practices for which the company has now paid hundreds of millions of dollars. But if that's ...