FDA Warning Letter - Product Association with Search Engine Results - Problems Ahead?

Marcelo

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FDA Warning Letter Targets Product Association with Search Engine Results

"Typing the key word 'cancer' or 'diabetes' into MDR's product search field located on its website" brings up a number of products, FDA observed.

Because those products are associated with that particular search term, the company is thus "implying that its products are intended for use in the diagnosis, cure, mitigation, treatment or prevention of such diseases," FDA said.
Hum...
 
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Re: Interesting problem - Warning Letter -Product Association with Search Engine Resu

The link is not working for me.
 

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Re: Interesting problem - Warning Letter -Product Association with Search Engine Resu

Works now. :)
 

Marcelo

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Re: FDA Warning Letter - Product Association with Search Engine Results - Problems Ah

And this after the FDA decided not to pursue action for sales folks pitching off-label claims: http://www.fdalawblog.net/fda_law_bl...promotion.html
But this is not the same as the OP, right?

This one is related to prosecution something that is perceived as rightful, truthful discussion. The case in the OP is misleading.
 
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Gert Sorensen

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Re: FDA Warning Letter - Product Association with Search Engine Results - Problems Ah

Well, it looks as though FDA is stepping up to the plate on this subject (websites, website information, SEO). They are not only targeting the manufacturers website content, they are now also targeting the use of SEO techniques :)

This is going to be fun to observe. Having seen quite a few warning letters that address the issue of websites and their contents, related to companies both in the US and abroad, I would not be surprised to see that FDA would be pursuing the possibility of blocking some websites (especially websites located abroad) from being accessed in the US, as part of their regulatory tool-kit.

Generally I think that the industry is not paying nearly enough attention to the violation of law that they may (perhaps inadvertently) commit in their use websites, and as a consequence they do not consider the legal implications. Or perhaps "they are just feeling lucky"? :)

On an off note: I wonder whether these issues will soon be addressed by regulators outside the US? Perhaps an upcoming subject for IMDRF?
 
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MIREGMGR

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Re: FDA Warning Letter - Product Association with Search Engine Results - Problems Ah

Good for FDA...they're trying hard to do their job conscientiously even as communications technology becomes much more complex.
 

John Broomfield

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Re: FDA Warning Letter - Product Association with Search Engine Results - Problems Ah

"Maintaining the Accuracy of Websites" was always a key process in any organizational management system.

I now see this process must be extended to include the accuracy of search results.

Thanks,

John
 
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