Direct-to-Consumer Advertising and the Demise of the Ideal Model of Health Care
By Ronald F. White
This article appeared in the Fall 2006 issue of The Independent Review

Direct-to-consumer (DTC) pharmaceutical advertising challenges traditional medical ethics because it suggests that health care is a commercial enterprise, not a paternalistic endeavor of duty-bound professionals and enlightened regulators. Stalwart defenders of the old hierarchical physician-directed system will not succumb to the trend toward decentralization, which DTC advertising exemplifies, without putting up a fight.





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