Web firms lobby FDA to ease regulations on drug ads

11/13/2009 | Google

Google, Yahoo! and a fleet of Web firms, ad agencies and drug companies all joined Thursday in urging the Food and Drug Administration to adjust existing advertising regulations, which currently make it difficult to engage in online pharmaceutical marketing. Online efforts accounted for just 3% of the $4.3 billion that drug companies spent on patient-targeted marketing last year; the problem, the companies say, is the requirements for fine print, which can't fit in online search or banner ads.

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