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    FDA to Survey Healthcare Professionals on Prescription Drug Marketing

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Friday announced it will go ahead with a survey of healthcare professionals (HCPs) on how they are impacted by prescription drug promotion aimed at a professional audience.   The announcement comes after the agency consulted on its plans for  the survey in March 2018 and follows two earlier surveys that looked at HCPs’ attitudes toward direct-to-consumer (DTC) advertising. The survey will also include questions about HCPs’...
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    OPDP Letters: FDA Closes Out 2017 With Record Low

    In the last days of 2017, the US Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) Office of Prescription Drug Promotion (OPDP) issued a warning letter to over-the-counter (OTC) drugmaker Avanthi, Inc. for omitting risk information in a panel for the weight loss drug Lomaira (phentermine hydrochloride USP). The warning letter brings the total number of enforcement letters issued by OPDP in 2017 to four (three warning letters and one untitled letter), a record low for the agency. Whi...
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    FDA Enforcement Trends for Broadcast Advertisements

    This article presents recent FDA enforcement trends related to broadcast advertisements and explains how regulatory professionals can approach the review and approval of promotional materials. The article also provides a review of relevant FDA authorities and guidance, as well as practical takeaways for industry with a focus on product ads appearing on TV or YouTube that may distract viewers from important risk information. Introduction From January 2016 through Augus...
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    Conducting a Successful Advertising and Promotion Review of Restricted Medical Devices

    This article provides insight for regulatory professionals regarding developing a successful advertising and promotional review of restricted medical devices. It demonstrates how medical device manufacturers and pharmaceutical companies can improve communication and collaboration between regulatory and marketing to streamline and improve the compliance review process for promotional materials and achieve an effective marketing strategy. The Dance "How small can I make...
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    FDA Warns Drugmaker Over Opioid Marketing Materials

    The US Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) Office of Prescription Drug Promotion (OPDP) has warned Canadian drugmaker Cipher Pharmaceuticals over promotional materials for its combination immediate and extended release opioid ConZip (tramadol hydrochloride). The warning letter, only the second sent from OPDP in 2017, comes as the US grapples with an ongoing opioid epidemic that has brought increased scrutiny on opioid makers and their marketing practices. According to ...
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    PhRMA Criticizes FDA's 'Unnecessary' Research on Drug Advertising and Promotion

    The pharmaceutical industry lobbying group is harshly criticizing the US Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) research focused on prescription drug advertising and promotion and calling for a clearer vision on how this research protects public health. "FDA has proposed to undertake projects in a variety of disparate topics without articulating a clear, overarching research agenda or adequate rationales on how the proposed research related to the goal of further pro...
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    OPDP Study Raises Questions About the Balance of Information in Mobile Ads

    A new study by officials from the US Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) Office of Prescription Drug Promotion (OPDP) raises questions about the balance of benefit and risk information in mobile ads for prescription drugs. As with other mediums for drug advertising, including print, television, web and social media, the study finds that mobile ads tend to present the benefits of drugs more prominently than their risks. "This echoes prior research across a broad range o...
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    Medical Product Communications: Industry Seeks to Reform FDA Draft Guidances

    With a flood of new comments, pharmaceutical, biotech and medical device companies are seeking changes to two draft guidances explaining the US Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) evolving policies on industry communications with payers and claims that adhere to a drug's label. Introduced in January, the draft Q&A documents detail how drug and device firms can discuss unapproved medical products with payers in ways that are "truthful and non-misleading," as well...
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    FDA to Further Study Deceptive Drug Advertising

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) says it plans to study how well consumers and healthcare professionals are able to identify deceptive or misleading information in drug advertisements. While FDA says there have been a number of studies in the past looking into the occurrence and influence of deceptive advertising, there hasn't been research into how well consumers and healthcare professionals are able to identify deceptive drug promotion. "The ability to identi...
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    FDA Questions Need for Looser Off-Label Promotion Restrictions

    Officials from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) last week questioned industry arguments for looser regulations on off-label promotion for drugs and devices at a two-day public hearing at FDA's White Oak campus. Currently, FDA limits companies' ability to promote products to their approved indications, and restricts the types of data companies can share that steps outside of the products' approved labeling. Background Earlier this year, FDA announced it was un...
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    Off-Label Promotion: Researchers Call on Courts to Reject Caronia

    Two researchers are calling for the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to take a stand against off-label promotion in light of recent legal proceedings, and urge the courts to reject the precedent set in United States v. Caronia . The call comes during a time of uncertainty for the future of off-label promotion and just one week before FDA's upcoming two-day public hearing on off-label communications. In Caronia , the Second Circuit Court of Appeals reversed the ...
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    Do Recent First Amendment Court Developments Deal a Blow to the Government?

    This article discusses the Amarin/FDA court settlement, the verdict in favor of Vascular Solutions and other developments relating to off-label promotional communications. Introduction The US Food and Drug Administration has suffered two widely-publicized setbacks relating to off-label promotion oversight. In both cases—one involving a pharmaceutical company (Amarin) and the other a medical device firm (Vascular Solutions) and its chief executive officer—the governmen...