Q&A on the FDA Request for Comment on First Amendment and Commercial Speech Issues
Relevant FDA Notices and Related Material
Suggestions for Submitting Comments
The FDA and Commercial Speech Protection
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is seeking comments on First Amendment issues related to protections for commercial speech, and the agency's authority to regulate advertising and marketing.
How the public responds to this request for comment will have an important influence on the FDA's approach to these issues. That in turn will affect both critical public health policies, and U.S. law on corporations' First Amendment speech rights.
Essential Action believes there should be no constitutional rights afforded to corporations, and certainly not protections for the right to advertise.
We work on a variety of public health issues, and we know that restricting advertisements in specific areas is often a vital public health measure. We also believe there are major public health benefits from imposing broad restrictions on advertising to children.
Essential Action encourages members of the public to submit comments to the FDA in response to the agency's request. The deadline for submitting comments is September 13, 2002. Responses to submitted comments will be accepted until October 28, 2002
We have prepared a question-and-answer sheet on the FDA request for comment, which provides information on the context of the FDA's request, offers sample comment language, and tells you how to submit comments.
We also have compiled links to information on: commercial speech rights, Direct-to-Consumer advertising of pharmaceuticals, and advertising and tobacco.
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