Push or Pull? – Information to Patients and European Law
33 Pages Posted: 16 Jun 2011
Date Written: June 16, 2011
European Union law prohibits direct-to-consumer advertising of medicinal products for human use that are subject to prescription. However, EU law does not clarify the borderline between advertising and provision of non-promotional information on medicines, the latter being not as yet regulated at EU level. This article examines the latest initiative launched by the European Commission to establish a Community legal framework on direct-to-consumer information on prescription medicines by the pharmaceutical industry. On the background of earlier attempts at reform and the growing body of case law of the European Court of Justice the article discusses whether the Commission proposal is likely to promote patient empowerment and prevent information from being used to persuade as opposed to empower patients.
Keywords: Information to patients, prescription medicines, European law, patient empowerment, pharmaceuticals
JEL Classification: K32, I18
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