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Women Urged to Be Wary of Ads Promoting Unwanted Drugs



To reduce unnecessary risk, women should seek independent sources of evidence about medicines, particularly new ones. The FDA's web site offers extensive information about medicines, herbal supplements, and vitamins, including safety alerts about the latest recalls and warnings for specific drugs.

The international nonprofit group Healthy Skepticism counters misleading drug promotion and maintains a regular "AdWatch" section on its website. Consumers should be cautious when looking for information on other websites. Many are substantially sponsored by pharmaceutical companies.

Being skeptical about drug ads and promotions is smart: it can protect both our health and our wallets, Judy Norsigian points out.


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