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June 26, 2017

Attorney Drug Ads Draw Criticism During House Hearing

In a hearing before the House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice, lawmakers discussed whether lawyers’ TV commercials that highlight negative side effects of certain drugs are “unethical and warrant increased regulation,” writes Law.com.

During the hearing, two of the witnesses, Dr. Ilana Kutinsky, a cardiac electrophysiologist, and Dr. Shawn Fleming, a vascular surgeon, both testified about patients they’ve cared for who stopped taking drugs after seeing the ads and subsequently passed away. Kutinsky pointed out that older patients may already be frightened, and an ad can push them to stop taking medications.

Rep. Steve King likened the commercials to political ads, noting that even though there may be a “tread of truth” in them, they leave out “a whole ocean of information that’s necessary to evaluate.”

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