Putting the consumer first: A systematic review of the evidence of direct -to-consumer-advertising of prescription medicines
conference contributionposted on 06.12.2017, 00:00 by M Harker, D Harker
Not very long ago the advertising of prescription medicines was directed exclusively at doctors and other healthcare professionals. However, in recent times, there is increasing evidence that consumers need and seek more information concerning their health and well-being. This study focuses on DTCA by pharmaceutical companies; a practice that is polemical as it operates at the nexus of population healthcare and ‘for profit’ enterprise, and is thus still severely restricted in developed and developing nations of the world. Whilst much has been written about this topic, the consumer is not often the focus of the debate. This paper takes that perspective, presents the findings of a systematic review of the evidence and succeeds in propelling the debate to new heights.