The Web has become an organizing tool for those seeking to politicize science. Ironically, for all the concern about DTC the biggest and most dangerous source of disinformation is often provided by organizations that are the biggest critics of drug ads. When, for example, will Public Citizen and Consumers Reports do the responsible thing and take down all the inaccurate links to their sites about statins and liver damage? When will these organizations stop associating with the same trial attorneys that front load the Web with sites that scare people about the risks of drugs relative to their benefits?
Misinformation and disinformation regarding health issues could be a huge public health problem in the years ahead. We hope this study gives people an insight into how big and a common sense way of how to solve it: consider the source and consult your doctor before taking action.