WASHINGTON -- Yesterday, Congress passed a bill strengthening the Food and Drug Administration's oversight of prescription drugs. Notably stripped from the legislation was a three-year moratorium on the advertising of new FDA-approved prescription drugs, among other restrictions. The bill is expected to be signed into law by President George W. Bush in the coming days.
Commenting on the bills passage, NAB Executive Vice President of Media Relations Dennis Wharton said:
"NAB applauds Congress for adopting legislation that does not sever an important information link for American consumers. Each year, thousands of Americans seek treatment for heart disease, high blood pressure and other diseases through education that comes in part from prescription drug advertising. There is simply no legitimate reason to deny American citizens this potentially life-saving information."
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