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OPDP Issues Just Two Enforcement Letters in First Half of 2016

July 22, 2016 – Although 2015 was considered a slow year for enforcement letters issued by the FDA’s Office of ... read more

Gender and Healthcare Communications

By Nick Colucci, Publicis Health CEO July 21, 2016 — I was moved by a recent op-ed in The New ... read more

Medical Associations Support Bill Exempting Journals and Textbooks from Sunshine Reporting

July 15, 2016 – More than 100 medical associations, including the American Medical Association, signed a letter of support for ... read more

Pfizer Gets in Front of Opioid Marketing Issue

July 8, 2016 – As organized medicine, politicians and the public seek to reverse the scourge of opioid addiction, Pfizer ... read more

Bill Gates Defends U.S. Drug Pricing System

July 1, 2016 – Amidst criticism over the high cost of drugs in this country, billionaire and philanthropist Bill Gates ... read more

CEOs to Coalition’s Rising Leaders: Engage in Political Process, Keep Learning

June 17, 2016 – In order to stay ahead of change, further their careers and forward the positive message of ... read more

Washington Health Policy Focus Is on Drug Innovation, Reform and Pricing, Rawson Says

June 13, 2016 – Before and after the 2016 elections, Washington health policy will remain fixed on improving the path ... read more

Davidson Sums Up Past and Current State of DTC Ad Restrictions, Ad Tax Deduction

June 7, 2016 – The Advertising Coalition (TAC) Executive Director Jim Davidson gave industry’s next generation a comprehensive overview of ... read more

Courts’ Support for “Truthful and Non-misleading” Speech Has Not Yet Resulted in FDA Policy Change

May 31, 2016 – Although the U.S. Supreme Court and other courts consistently are deciding cases in favor of First ... read more

Congressman Jenkins to Coalition’s Rising Leaders: You Have the Power to Influence Lawmakers

May 24, 2016 – At a recent Coalition for Healthcare Communication Rising Leaders Conference, keynote speaker Rep. Evan Jenkins (R-W. ... read more

The Advertising Coalition Reminds FDA of First Amendment Limits to Advertising Regulation

May 9, 2016 – In an April 29 comment to the FDA on its recent proposal to conduct research on ... read more

Drug Companies Should Be Able to Share Information with Payers

May 2, 2016 – In order to make reasonable coverage decisions about new medicines, payers need access to information from ... read more

Commissioner of Food and Drugs Califf Lists Advertising, Labeling Among Priorities

April 25, 2016 — In a speech at the Alliance for a Stronger FDA’s quarterly meeting April 19, new Commissioner ... read more

NYTimes: Ban on Drug Ads Would Also Eliminate Ad Benefits

March 14, 2016 — The American Medical Association (AMA) as well as Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.) and Sen. Al Franken ... read more

Sen. Franken Introduces Legislation to End Drug Advertising Tax Breaks

March 4, 2016 – Yesterday Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) introduced legislation that would end the tax deduction that drug companies ... read more

CHC and CCC Launching Regulatory Compliance University for Agencies, Publishers

Aug. 19, 2015 – The Coalition for Healthcare Communication (CHC) is partnering with the Center for Communication Compliance (CCC) to ... read more

Author of “Pharmaphobia” Says Conflict-of-interest Regulations Are Slowing Medical Progress

June 8, 2015 – In his new book, “Pharmaphobia: How the Conflict of Interest Myth Undermines American Medical Innovation,” Tom ... read more

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Roundup of Education and Marketing Issues in Light of Health Reform Passage

Thanks to Tom Sullivan for providing this roundup of information on current issues that affect the healthcare communication industry.  For more of Tom”s commentary and analysis, visit his blog at www.policymed.com

Study: The Prohibition of Commercial Support Is Not Needed

From Tom Sullivan’s Policy and Medicine blog:

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A study by the Cleveland Clinic’s Center for Continuing Education showed that there was no correlation between the perception of bias and the commercial support status of an activity such as continuing medical education.

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New Healthcare Podcast: "Social Media: Approach with Caution"

The Coalition and Med Ad News are collaborating on a series of podcasts by John Kamp, Coalition Executive Director, on topics vital to the healthcare communication industry. The 4th podcast, “Approach with Caution,” is now available for download. In this segment, Mr. Kamp talks about social media, why legal departments will continue to voice strong resistance to going too far and he also acknowledges the great opportunity social media hold in improving the industry relationship and reputation with consumers.

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Executive Director of Coalition Says Stark Proposals Violate the 1st Amendment

From Washington Legal Foundation:

On June 21, 2007, U.S. Representative Pete Stark introduced a bill titled the “Fair Balance Prescription Drug Advertisement Act of 2007.” H.R. 2823 (110th Cong., 1st Sess.). If enacted, the bill would deny a tax deduction for any expenses associated with a direct-to-consumer (“DTC”) advertisement for a new prescription drug for the first 2 years after approval.

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Coalition and Med Ad News Present Healthcare Podcasts

You can visit to download podcasts on healthcare issues by John Kamp, the Coalition”s Executive Director.

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The 1st is on the defeated but still looming ad tax bill. The 2nd is an overview and analysis of the “New FDA.”

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MM&M Profiles Tom Sullivan, a Forceful Defender of CME

The February issue of MM&M magazine spotlights Policymed.com blogger Tom Sullivan.

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Sen. Grassley Wants An Accounting of Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Company Contributions

Continuing his “ongoing probe into conflicts of interest,” Senator Chuck Grassley this week sent letters to the American Medical Association, Alzheimer’s Association, the American Cancer Society and 30 other disease and medical advocacy organizations asking them to provide details about the amount of money that they and their directors receive from drug and device makers.

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Read more, including Senator Grassley’s letter, in Thomas Sullivan’s Policy and Medicine Blog.

Outgoing NJ AG Report Recommends Further Limits to Physician-Industry Relationships

In one of her final acts as NJ Attorney General, Anne Milgram’s office has issued a new report, “Physician Compensation Arrangements,” recommending limitations to physician-industry relationships for state agencies that go above and beyond guidelines outlined by PhRMA and other organizations.

The Coalition Speaks Out on New DTC Research Analysis

Coalition Statement – DTC Advertising:

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Recent news coverage regarding a Harvard Medical School study showing correlation between Plavix price increases for Medicaid programs in 27 states and direct-to-consumer advertising costs is unfounded. As study authors concluded, DTC advertising was not associated with an increase in Plavix use above preexisting trends.

Washington Ad Coalition Urges Renewed Contacts to Senators to Stop Ad Tax

As expected, the Ad Tax is back on the table as part of the pending healthcare reform legislation. Jim Davidson, head of the Advertising Coalition, is recommending calls to U.S. Senators urging REJECTION of the medical advertising tax proposal of Senator Franken-MN and 2 cosponsors, Senators Whitehouse-RI and Brown-OH.

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