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September 7, 2016

Rickard: Lawyer ads urging patients to stop taking meds; patients should consult doctors first

In a letter to the editor published in The Hill, ILR President Lisa A. Rickard follows up on her recent Washington Post op-ed about how attorney ads scare patients out of taking their medications.

“The FDA has recently received at least 30 reports of patients suffering serious medical events when they were scared into stopping their blood-thinning medication after seeing drug-lawsuit ads on television,” writes Rickard. “These include two deaths and cases of strokes and paralysis.”

“A comprehensive study found that only 39 percent of drug-lawsuit ads currently warn patients to consult their doctors before stopping any medication,” she continues. “Lawyers trying to drum up lawsuits on television can say anything, including making false or misleading statements about the same drugs and scaring patients to death, without any repercussions.”

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