Deconstructing DTCA: Towards a differentiated policy response to Direct-to-Consumer Advertising in Australia. [ 2007 - 2008 ]

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Researchers: Prof Ian Kerridge (Principal investigator) ,  A/Pr Rachel Ankeny A/Pr Stacy Carter A/Pr Christopher Jordens Prof Cameron Stewart
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Brief description Spending on prescription pharmaceuticals is the fastest growing part of the health budget. In recent years attention has shifted to the impact of direct-to-consumer advertising (DTCA) on consumer demand and drug costs. Although DTCA is prohibited in Australia, it is clear that different types of DTCA are occurring. This study will examine the nature and range of DTCA, review the benefits and harms of DTCA, and identify the perspectives of major stakeholders regarding DTCA. The study will culminate in a national workshop which will develop a differentiated set of recommendations for responding to different types and modes of DTCA. This is likely to lead to better health policy and to resources that may assist consumers and health professionals deal with DTCA.

Funding Amount $AUD 190,760.50

Funding Scheme NHMRC Project Grants

Notes New Investigator Grant

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