Ten thousands seek to ban medical infomercials

26th October 2009, Comments 0 comments

Almost 20,000 people have signed a Consumer Association's petition against medical infomercials.

The Netherlands – Almost 20,000 people have signed a Consumers Association petition against medical infomercials which indirectly promotes dubious medication.

Advertising medication is banned in the Netherlands but many companies get round the ban by producing infomercials about relatively harmless diseases and afflictions such as athlete's foot or restless legs.

The infomercials prompt many people to visit their GPs who would then prescribe medication for the affliction.

The Consumers Association says these are minor medical irritations and often do not warrant a GP consultation and has called on Public Health Minister Ab Klink to ban medical infomercials.

More people have signed the Consumer Association's petition against medical infomercials than any other campaign launched by the group.

Radio Netherlands / Expatica

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