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FDA Downplays 2014 Lull In Drug Promo Discipline

Law360, New York (January 15, 2015, 4:28 PM EST) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Thursday downplayed the unusually small amount of punishment it meted out in 2014 for improper promotion of prescription drugs, saying that the time frame is arbitrary and that lots of less-noticed oversight occurred.

The comments came in response to an inquiry from Law360 after the FDA closed out 2014 having issued just 10 disciplinary letters to drugmakers for minimizing product risks, overstating benefits or otherwise making mistakes in advertisements.

That was by far the lowest level in more than a decade, a period during which the FDA’s Office of Prescription Drug Promotion — previously...

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