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June 19, 2007
Dennis Wharton
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NAB Applauds Towns-Buyer Direct to Consumer Ad Amendment

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Reps. Edolphus Towns (D-NY) and Steve Buyer (R-IN) offered an amendment in the House Subcommittee on Health striking, from FDA legislation, language that would have included a three-year moratorium on the advertising of new FDA-approved prescription drugs, among other restrictions. The amendment passed by a vote of 23-9.

The following statement can be attributed to NAB Executive Vice President Dennis Wharton:

"NAB applauds Representatives Towns and Buyer for offering this important pro-consumer amendment. Each year, thousands of Americans seek treatment for heart disease, high blood pressure and other diseases through education that comes in part from prescription drug advertising. There is simply no legitimate reason to deny American citizens this potentially life-saving information."

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