Friday, October 18, 2013

Senior Doctor Raises Concern Over Advertising of Prescription Drugs

Contact: Dr. Sidney Wolfe (202) 588-7735; Sam Jewler (202) 588-7779

A senior doctor today questions a Los Angeles boutique turning shoppers into cheerleaders for serious drugs like Adderall by selling sweatshirts and T-shirts that look like football jerseys and have the products’ names emblazoned on them with descriptions such as, “Pop one on and you’ll feel better. Doctors orders.”

In his latest regular column in the British Medical Journal, Dr. Sidney Wolfe, founder and senior adviser for Public Citizen’s Health Research Group, explores the contradictions between the medication’s manufacturer Shire protesting the selling of these shirts and Shire overselling the substance several years ago, which resulted in ads being stopped by the FDA.

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