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Anti-DTC Resurgence
Physicians and Politicians Call for Bans, Moratoriums, & End to Tax Breaks

DTCA-Cost LinkWith the renewed focus on the high cost of drugs comes a new wave of attacks on Direct-to-Consumer Advertising (DTCA) of prescription drugs. Two factoids are making news these days:

Factoid #1: Spending on prescription drugs is increasing dramatically. The Chicago Tribune, quoting data from IMS health, reported that "Spending [in 2014] rose 13 percent [vs. 2013], the biggest jump since 2001, to a total of $374 billion" and

Factoid #2: Spending on DTCA of prescription drugs is also increasing - more so, in fact. Kanter Media reported that the drug industry increased measured media ad spending by 19% in 2014 vs 2013 to $4.5 Bn.

But is there a causal link between DTC advertising and Rx drug prices and/or total spending? This article explores this issue.

Topics (partial list):
  • AMA Calls for DTC Ban
  • The 2006 Anti-DTC Movement
  • Pharma Execs Call for Limits
  • DTC in Today's Political Spotlight
  • Causal Link Examined
  • Benefits of DTC Advertising
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Issue: Vol. 14, No. 7: December 2015

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