Sunday, October 28, 2007

Better Yet, Let's Ban John Edwards Ads

Is this guy for real?
CONCORD, N.H. - Democratic presidential hopeful John Edwards says prescription drug companies should have to wait two years to begin advertising their new products to consumers.

Edwards on Sunday was outlining a plan to regulate what he views as a proliferation of misleading drug ads. In the decade since the government relaxed rules on advertising directly to consumers, spending on prescription drug ads has nearly quadrupled to more than $4 billion a year, he said in prepared remarks.

"With such aggressive and often misleading drug company marketing, it's too easy for advertising — instead of doctors or proven results — to influence families' health decisions," Edwards said in excerpts of his speech provided to The Associated Press. "But the (Food and Drug Administration) has been an ineffective watchdog, reviewing only a small fraction of ads.

"It's time to stand up to the drug companies and their lobbyists who have rigged the system. It's time to stand strong for families, patients and doctors," said Edwards, a former senator from North Carolina.

Besides the two-year delay on new-drug advertising, he would require drug companies to get FDA approval before launching major ad campaigns. He also would increase penalties for companies that violate truth-in-advertising laws and would require companies to disclose more information about a drug's side effects and effectiveness compared to placebos and alternative drugs.
Any time a slippery operator like the Silky Pony brings truth-in-advertising into the discussion, the BS meter goes off the charts.

Seriously though, is there any aspect of our lives the Democrats don't want to regulate?

Meanwhile, I see Silky visited Coulter Saturday.

I wonder is he cleared that with Ma Edwards first?

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