Direct to Consumer Pharmaceutical Advertising
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Direct to Consumer Advertising Across Healthy Ads
Healthy Ads allows Pharmaceutical Advertisers to run Direct to Consumer Pharmaceutical Advertising (sometimes referred to as DTCPA or DTC advertising) our network of publishers.
What is Direct to Consumer Pharmaceutical Advertising?
Direct to Consumer Pharmaceutical Advertising is generally directed toward the end user, i.e. patients, rather than healthcare professionals and refers to the marketing of pharmaceutical brands, products and devices.
The United States, New Zealand, Brazil and Hong Kong are the only countries that allow direct-to-consumer advertising of prescription drugs, but Pharmaceutical Advertisers in other countries can bypass local restrictions by running general “disease awareness” campaigns that indirectly promote their products. For example, you might only learn about the pharmaceutical company running the campaign and the prescription brand being advertised when you visit the website mentioned in the campaign ie “diseasename.com”.
Direct to Consumer Pharmaceutical Advertising of drugs has been legal in the USA since 1985, but only really took off in 1997 when the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) eased up on a rule obliging companies to offer a detailed list of side-effects in their infomercials (long format television commercials).
Accepted forms of Direct to Consumer Pharmaceutical Advertising
According to the US Food and Drug Administration, there are generally speaking three accepted forms of Direct to Consumer Pharmaceutical Advertising;
Product Claim Ad
Names a drug and the indication(s); makes claims regarding safety and efficacy
Names a drug, dosage form, and possibly cost, but not its uses
Help Seeking Ad
Describes a disease or condition but doesn’t mention a specific drug that treats it