To find out more about the Physician Payments Sunshine Act, drugs, doctors and medical devices, you can take a look at these informative articles:

Physician Payments Sunshine Act

The “Physician Payments Sunshine Act” was signed into law in 2011. By March of 2013, all U.S. manufacturers and distributors of drugs and medical devices were required to report information to the U.S. government concerning every payment that they are making to physicians of every kind, from research grants to Hawaiian vacations.

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"Off-Label" Prescribing

Is it safe for your teenager to take Prozac for depression? What about Paxil for ADD? Can your wife continue to take Lipitor if she is pregnant?

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Drug Advertising


Drug companies spend billions every year, advertising their newest products to doctors – and to consumers. How effective are these ads? Do people pay attention to all that fine print?

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Heavily Advertised Drugs

Drug companies spend billions every year, advertising their newest products to doctors – and to consumers. How accurate are the claims they are making? Does your doctor know the truth about them?

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Misleading Drug Ads

Government agencies try to crack down on drug companies for false and misleading advertising, but that doesn’t seem to stop these big spenders. Be sure you read more about these drugs identified by Forbes magazine as those with the most misleading ads – before you start taking them.

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America's Most Popular Drugs

Americans take a lot of medications, and it can be difficult to keep them straight. If your doctor prescribes a drug for you, it’s important you learn everything you can about that drug, not just how often you should take it. You can start by reading one of these articles about the drugs that are prescribed most often by American doctors.

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Medical Devices

The FDA regulates “medical devices” as substances and products that are used internally or externally in patient care, but aren’t exactly drugs – this includes injectibles (like Botox), devices inserted into the body during surgery (like pacemakers) and things that are used outside of the body (like neonatal bassinets).

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Medical Specialties

The American Board of Medical Specialties is a not-for-profit organization which assists 24 approved medical specialty boards in the development and use of standards in the ongoing evaluation and certification of physicians. A “Board Certified” physician is a specialist in his field, certified only after rigorous examination by the ABMS. Find out more about the specialties and subspecialties in which doctors can be certified.

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