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Publication Title

Washington University Journal of Law & Policy

Abstract

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) engages in a premarketing approval process established by Congress which permits the agency to restrict the sale of prescription drugs and approve medications for a specific purpose. After a drug is approved for one specific purpose, medical professionals may discover other valuable uses for a particular drug, known as “off label uses.” This note addresses the First Amendment implications of the FDA’s general prohibition of advertising off-label uses. The note proposes the establishment of an independent agency to objectively determine whether a given advertising claim is “false or misleading,” and therefore whether or not First Amendment protection of it is warranted.

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