February 8th, 2012

House Health Subcommittee PDUFA V Hearing Yields Little Talk of Marketing – For Now

Coalition for Healthcare Communication

More than four hours of testimony before the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Health — and members’ follow-up – nearly exhausted the issues related to the Prescription Drug User Fee Act V (PDUFA V) legislation yesterday, but just one question focused on drug marketing.

“It has taken hard work so far to keep direct-to-consumer [DTC] and other marketing on the back burner in PDUFA V,” said John Kamp, Executive Director of the Coalition for Healthcare Communication. “But I’m still worried. Consumer and other groups pressed FDA at several points last year in the FDA phase. I don’t think they are going to give up now, so we’re watching carefully and remain prepared for a challenge.”

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