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Evaluation of Consumer-Friendly Formats for Brief Summary in Direct-to-Consumer (DTC) Print Advertisements for Prescription Drugs

To improve its understanding of how consumers use the brief summary and explore ways in which it might be improved, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) conducted studies to address the following three questions:
  • Does the risk information presented on the first page of the ad (the display page) influence the way that people read through and understand the information in the brief summary, and what topics do people think are important in the brief summary?
  • Do additional details and context about side effects negatively affect the reading and understanding of other risk information in the brief summary?
  • How do alternative formats compare with the commonly used format for the brief summary? 
Please see the Executive Summary for more information.

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