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Re: [Gnumed-devel] re drug ref

From: Horst Herb
Subject: Re: [Gnumed-devel] re drug ref
Date: Mon, 05 May 2003 11:45:17 +1000
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Karsten Hilbert wrote:

Well, that would even be illegal here in Germany. Patients are
apparently deemed mentally unfit to digest full information :-))
I wonder how Informed Shared Decision Making is supposed to
work if they can't get the information from someone other than
the (prescribing) doctor...

Providing information is not illegal - that's why you get fairly comprehensive information (including biochemistry, dosage information, indication etc) on the CPI in the package. What is illegal is any form of direct-to-consumer advertising.

Since most brand-based drug references can be seen as some sort of advertising (most in fact come with a lot of advertising), you cannot publish them "free for all" in most developed countries.

However, there is no such restriction regarding generic non-advertising information.


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