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Curious About Drug Ads

Posted by Ken Tucci, WBZ-TV

I’m curious if drug advertisers have to mention the possible adverse side affects of taking a particular medication. If yes, who requires that to be done? If I am snacking in front of the TV, I really don’t enjoy hearing some of the things that might happen if I take a medication (vomiting, etc.).  – Linda, Woburn

The “warnings” are required by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, which keeps an eye on these ads and makes sure not only that they’re laying out the side effects, but also that they’re not making any claims they can’t back up.  The same goes for print ads you might find in a newspaper or magazine.

The FDA also provides a lot of information about various medications on its’ website.

As for not enjoying hearing all of the bad things that might happen….I guess that’s the price you pay.  Good thing there are remotes.

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