Prescription Drug Advertising (Case 15)

TitlePrescription Drug Advertising (Case 15)
Publication TypeCase Study
Year of Publication2008
PublisherAssociation for Practical and Professional Ethics
Publication Languageeng
AbstractDirect to consumer advertising of prescription drugs has been increasing in the last few years. Some critics see that drug companies have a conflict of interest that keeps them from presenting unbiased information about their products because their first obligation is to their stockholders. Others say that advertising helps educate patients, resulting in raised awareness of certain under diagnosed conditions and leading to better conversations with physicians. Most physicians, however, dislike the pressure to prescribe a particular drug that these advertisements can cause. Critics also cite the medicalization of conditions like obesity and moral aging , and the creating of false hopes that there is a drug for every situation.
NotesCase from the 2008 Ethics Bowl National Championship. Association for Practical and Professional Ethics, 2008.
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