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For decades, the pharmaceutical industry has claimed that research costs are the reason American drugs are so expensive compared to the rest of the world. However, recently revealed facts show that many of these firms spend more on advertising than on research, some more than twice as much. For several years now, Americans have been bombarded with TV ads for prescription medications. In 2013, pharmaceutical manufacturers spent nearly $4 billion on direct-to-consumer television, radio, online, magazine and newspaper advertising. Drug makers now market their products directly to consumers, rather than the traditional method of allowing doctors to make treatment recommendations. Pharmaceutical companies often air ads for products that treat sexual dysfunction, incontinence, pain, hormone imbalance or depression -followed by lengthy warnings of possible horrific side-effects from using their products. Some critics claim these types of ads are not appropriate to be viewed by children. They also say drug ads are not produced by people who are experts in healthcare, but who are somewhat competent in sales and marketing. These ads should be considered for what they are, a promotion, not a source of factual consumer information. Advocates claim most consumers are not adequately informed to assess the accuracy or truth of a drug ad, or whether it is appropriate for their condition, or if they even have a condition that requires such medication.


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  • I oppose reforming current pharmaceutical advertising policy and wish to donate resources to the campaign committee of either Rep. Paul Ryan or Sen. Mitch McConnell
  • I support amending the Internal Revenue Code to deny a tax deduction for the cost of direct-to-consumer advertisement of a prescription drug, and wish to either reintroduce H.R.923 - Say No to Drug Ads Act (113th Congress 2013-2014), or a similar version thereof, and also wish to donate resources to the campaign committee of Rep. Jerrold Nadler (NY) or to an advocate group currently working with this issue


Winning Option
  • I support amending the Internal Revenue Code to deny a tax deduction for the cost of direct-to-consumer advertisement of a prescription drug, and wish to either reintroduce H.R.923 - Say No to Drug Ads Act (113th Congress 2013-2014), or a similar version thereof, and also wish to donate resources to the campaign committee of Rep. Jerrold Nadler (NY) or to an advocate group currently working with this issue
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Trustee Candidates

If elected as a trustee, the campaign committee of Rep. Jerrold Nadler (NY) will be unconditionally awarded the funds pledged to this issue along with a letter requesting him to favorably consider either reintroducing H.R.923 - Say No to Drug Ads Act (113th Congress 2013-2014), or a similar version thereof.

If elected as a trustee, CMD will be awarded the funds pledged to this issue along with a letter requesting these funds be used to publicize the dangers of direct-to-consumer prescription drug advertising, and advocate for their prohibition.

The Center for Media and Democracy (CMD) states that it is a boutique investigative research and reporting group with a demonstrated capacity to break major news stories and highlight the work of advocates. Located in Wisconsin, it is a national, non-profit watchdog organization, founded in 1993. CMD's niche is investigating and exposing the undue influence of corporations and front groups on public policy, including PR campaigns, lobbying and electioneering. CMD's original reporting helps educate the public and aid grassroots action about policies affecting people’s lives—their rights and the health of our democracy. In the past, CMD has opposed pharmaceutical companies’ deceptive direct-to-consumer ads with regard to the inappropriate use of the drug, qualifications of spokespeople used, and efforts to pressure doctors into recommending their drugs over competitor and generic brands.
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Trustee Election - Opening Date
June 4, 2020
Trustee Election - Closing Date
June 10, 2020