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Healthy Skepticism Library item: 6912

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Publication type: news

Charlish P.
DTC advertising encourages consumers to talk about drugs
Scrip Magazine 1999 Nov9-10
www.pjbpubs.co.uk/scrip/scrhome.html


Abstract:

The amount of money spent on direct-to-consumer advertising is increasing rapidly. A survey in the United States found that knowledge of some products’ indications had improved but in other cases it had declined. DTCA is giving rise to dialogues between patients and their doctors and are prompting many consumers to ask for advertised medicines.

Keywords:
*analysis/United States/direct-to-consumer advertising/DTCA/value of promotion/analysis of prescribing pattern/ consumer behaviour & knowledge/promotion costs and volume/ATTITUDES REGARDING PROMOTION: CONSUMERS/PATIENTS/EVALUATION OF PROMOTION: DIRECT-TO-CONSUMER ADVERTISING/INFLUENCE OF PROMOTION: CONSUMERS AND PATIENTS/INFLUENCE OF PROMOTION: PRESCRIBING, DRUG USE/VOLUME OF AND EXPENDITURE ON PROMOTION

 

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