Navigation Links
Drug ads ineffective for boosting sales, could cost taxpayers: UBC-Harvard study
Date:11/23/2009

US Taxpayers may be on the hook for the high cost of drug advertising that does little to boost sales, according to a new study led by a University of British Columbia health policy researcher.

The study, published today in the Archives of Internal Medicine, examined the US sales patterns of clopidogrel, a top-selling drug also known by the trade name Plavix used to prevent blood clots after heart attack or stroke. The drug was selected to study the impact of advertising on sales because it was sold for more than three years before the launch of its first direct-to-consumer advertising (DTCA) campaign in 2001.

"While clopidogrel use has been increasing for some time, we found advertising it to consumers didn't make use rise any faster," says Asst. Prof. Michael Law of the UBC Centre for Health Services and Policy Research, who conducted the study with colleagues from Harvard Medical School, the University of Alberta and Kaiser Permanente while he was a post-doctoral fellow at Harvard.

The researchers found a significant jump in the drug's price that coincided with the launch of its DTCA campaign. This higher price added US $207 million to the pharmacy bill for Medicaid, a publicly funded health program in the US for individuals and families with low incomes.

"Pharmaceutical companies need to recuperate the costs of the advertising through either increased sales or higher prices," says Law. "The timing of this price increase raises important questions about whether it was related to the US $350 million spent advertising clopidogrel through 2005."

"The key issue is whether advertising to consumers, which has risen 330 per cent in the last 10 years in the US, contributes to the significant cost increases in publicly funded health insurance programs such as Medicaid," says Stephen Soumerai, co-author of the study and professor of Population Medicine at Harvard Medical School and the Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Institute.

The authors have previously studied the effectiveness of DTCA of other popular drugs and found little or no impact.


'/>"/>

Contact: Brian Lin
brian.lin@ubc.ca
604-822-2234
University of British Columbia
Source:Eurekalert

Related medicine news :

1. Smoking Contributes to Back Pain and Ineffective Surgical Treatments
2. Center for Autism and Related Disorders Study Finds Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Ineffective Treatment for Children with Autism
3. Drug Found Ineffective Against Lung Disease
4. New England Journal of Medicine Opinion Column Suggests Ineffective Shortcuts to Solve Obesity Challenge
5. Acupuncture probably ineffective in treatment of hot flushes
6. New Surgery for Heart Failure Proves Ineffective
7. Common Approaches to Member Retention by Health Insurance Plans are Ineffective, New Study Shows
8. Common Approaches to Member Retention by Health Insurance Plans are Ineffective, New Study Shows
9. Steroids ineffective in young children with wheeze
10. Scientists and Investigators Cite Need for Radon Regulation to Prevent Lung Cancer- Call Current EPA Efforts Ineffective
11. Common treatment for mens pelvic pain proves ineffective, Queens-led study shows
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:2/18/2017)... ... ... Park Cities Pet Sitter President, Joette White, has been featured on Episode ... The episode, which was posted this week, features a 30-minute interview of White by ... Pet Sitter’s being awarded the 2017 National Association of Professional Pet Sitter’s Business of ...
(Date:2/17/2017)... ... February 17, 2017 , ... The ... systems change designed to further positively impact the health and wellness of our ... long considered it our duty to seriously consider releasing our assets beyond our ...
(Date:2/17/2017)... (PRWEB) , ... February 17, 2017 , ... ... Steps to Prevent a Warning Letter, **An FDAnews Webinar**, Feb. 23, 2017 — ... Do manufacturers distinguish between corrective action (CA) and preventive action (PA)? , The ...
(Date:2/17/2017)... ... February 17, 2017 , ... Pharmica Consulting attended CHI's 8th ... of clinical trial planning and management. Pharmica discussed the importance of effective project ... attendees stopping by Pharmica’s booth were able to demo its cloud-based Resource ...
(Date:2/17/2017)... ... February 17, 2017 , ... The Mason Pasquin Agency, ... and business owners in and around the Hampton Roads metropolitan region, is joining ... forms of domestic violence. , There are multiple categories of domestic violence – ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:2/17/2017)... Research and Markets has announced the addition of ... to their offering. ... provides separate comprehensive analytics for the US, Canada , ... Asia-Pacific , and Rest of World. Annual estimates and forecasts are ... is provided for these markets. Market data and analytics are derived from ...
(Date:2/17/2017)... AMSTERDAM , Feb. 17, ... connected health offerings at the  ...  (NYSE: PHG,AEX: PHIA), a global ... a broad range of population ... personal health solutions, fully integrated in a ...
(Date:2/16/2017)... 16, 2017 Research and Markets has ... Medical Device Technologies" report to their offering. ... Traditional medical ... general instruments, non-drug coated implantables, large endoscopes, needle based drug ... over the last two to three decades for the treatment ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: