"Adolescents are a unique audience for DTC drug marketing because their cognitive abilities are different than those of adults," noted the FDA in an October, 2013, Federal Register notice to conduct an "Experimental Study of Direct-to-Consumer Promotion Directed at Adolescents" (FR # FDA-2013-N-1151). Yet some pharmaceutical companies are promoting powerful drugs to teens on the Web and on TV.
FDA's proposed study will have adolescents and their parents view a DTC promotional campaign for either a fictitious Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) medication or a fictitious acne medication. The study will explore similarities and differences in perceptions for these matched pairs. This article is a review of that study, which aims to assess how adolescents interpret drug risk in DTC advertising.
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- Examples of Drugs Marketed to Teens
- FDA's Research Into Teen-Targeted DTC Ads
- The Adolescent Brain
- Shire's Comments