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German court rules Web site did not breach drug advertising law

11:05 pm on Jan 31, 2003 (gmt 0)

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just read this, thought it may be of interest:

BERLIN (Reuters Health) - When a married couple in Germany used their Web site to say a medicine helped cure their daughter of cancer, they were not breaching the strict rules governing advertising of medicines, a German appeals court has ruled.



12:37 am on Feb 1, 2003 (gmt 0)

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That article sent a shiver through my spine.

"It can be difficult for the general public to distinguish between genuine enthusiasm for a medicine and a calculated campaign of advertising for some commercial gain."

I knew a confused person who opted for alternative cancer treatments for a curable cancer, because the medicines the doctor was prescribing were "harmful."

This person died before the year was out. I saw the same thing repeat itself many times during the course of work at a cancer center. Very sad.