And don't even ask about the price of haircuts

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  • 01/03/2008
A few years back, at a Senate hearing on DTC issues, Senator Debbie Stabenow (D, MI) asked an FDA official, "Why do drug companies only advertise new drugs?" My colleague's sage and savvy reply to the Senator from Michigan, "Senator, for the same reason that Detroit only advertises new cars."

Okay folks, once again into the abyss ...

Does John Edwards know more than your doctor?

These are two questions that ought to be posed to the Democratic candidate for president — who has been banging the kettle drums on the campaign trail lately demanding that laws be passed limiting what information about new drugs and treatments may fall before your eyes.

He wants to ban — or at least, heavily regulate and limit — the way that medicines can be advertised.

Instead of commercials that let people know of the existence of a newly developed drug or treatment, only doctors would be allowed to convey that information for at least two full years.

After that point, if elected, Edwards might permit some word to get out.


Here's the rest of the story ...

Cost of a shave and a haircut? Why two bits of course.

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