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OPDP Plans Just One Guidance Document for 2017

Feb. 20, 2017 – Although the FDA announced last August that it would issue four advertising-related guidance documents by the ... read more

Kamp: Buckle Up for a Bumpy Ride with Trump

Coalition Commentary by Executive Director John Kamp Feb. 6, 2017 — Fasten your seatbelts and put your tray tables in ... read more

Draft Guidance Covers How to Keep Communications Consistent with FDA Labeling

Jan. 27, 2017 – The FDA issued draft guidance last week that is designed to help medical product  manufacturers understand ... read more

FDA Issues Draft Guidance on Payor Communications

Jan. 27, 2017 – The FDA recently announced the availability of draft guidance for industry covering manufacturer communications with payors ... read more

New Memorandum Spells Out FDA’s First Amendment Position on Off-label Use Promotion

Jan. 20, 2017 – The FDA effectively delayed any prompt action on new guidance covering the promotion of unapproved or ... read more

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Mission

The Coalition for Healthcare Communication defends the right of healthcare professionals and consumers to receive truthful information regarding pharmaceuticals and medical products, as safeguarded by the Constitution of the United States. Founded in 1991, the Coalition represents organizations, rather than individuals, dedicated to assuring the free exchange of scientific information without undue government interference.

The importance of communications in successful medical care cannot be overstated, especially as it relates to the application and use of pharmaceuticals and medical devices. Responsible product promotion and other communications directed to healthcare professionals assure that those who prescribe, administer and dispense prescription drugs and medical devices, and the patients who use them, will have the information necessary to use these products appropriately, effectively, and safely.

Unless medical professionals are aware of important advances in diagnosis and treatment, their services may not be used to the greatest advantage of their patients. Without free access to appropriate medical information, the lay public will not be able to assume greater responsibility for its own health, a critical factor in the nation’s effort to achieve efficient and effective usage of the healthcare system.