Issue #217 August/September 2006
By Tabitha Alterman
In 1997, the Food and Drug Administration relaxed its restriction on advertising drugs directly to consumers. As a result, pharmaceutical companies now spend billions to try to convince people to buy their drugs. In the continuing effort to bring American consumers reliable information, Consumers Union, the publisher of Consumer Reports, has launched a new public education campaign —Consumer Reports Best Buy Drugs. The free Web site offers concise, independently verified reports on the safety, effectiveness and affordability of drugs that treat everything from migraines and allergies to depression and Alzheimer’s disease.