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Will side effect information ever be one click away?

After years of mulling over social media uses, the Food and Drug Administration plans to study the whether a tweet promoting a prescription drug with a link to risk information is an acceptable way to reach consumers.


The plan is the latest in an ongoing, but drawn-out, effort by the agency to provide the pharmaceutical industry with guidelines for using social media to promote medicines. The FDA, in fact, two years ago issued a draft guidance about the use of social media platforms, such as Twitter, but never actually addressed if drug makers could employ links to convey important side effect data.

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