Pharmaceutical Promotion to Physicians and First Amendment Rights

Division of Pharmacoepidemiology and Pharmacoeconomics, Department of Medicine, Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School, Boston, USA.
New England Journal of Medicine (Impact Factor: 55.87). 05/2008; 358(16):1727-32. DOI: 10.1056/NEJMsb0708920
Source: PubMed


Legal restrictions on off-label promotion of drugs are being challenged in the courts as a violation of First Amendment protection of "commercial speech." The authors argue that public health concerns make pharmaceutical promotion different from other commercial speech and that more stringent regulation should be permitted.

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