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eHealthRecord.info Archives 5 January 2007

| Vol. 5 No. 1 January 14, 2008 |

FACTS AND STATS

A 2007 study that compared spending on pharmaceutical drugs in the U.S. and Canada estimates that if Canada had followed the American lead in allowing these ads, it would be spending $10 billion more per year on prescription medicines than it currently does. This study, combined with a 2005 systematic review that found no evidence that direct-to-consumer advertising leads to health benefits, suggests the costs of opening the door to these less restrictive ads - both in dollars and risks - is not worth the possible benefits, unless they profiled appropriate and cost-effective treatments.
Source:Canadian Health Services Research Foundation
Date published: 09-07


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