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Facebook Rule Changes May Cause Drug Companies Problems

By Meyerkord, Russell & Hergott  Jun. 29, 2011 10:25a

Just last month Facebook communicated a change of rules to the pharmaceutical industry and will no longer be allowing drug manufacturers to disable posted comments on newly created pages. Pages which already exist will not be able to do so, starting in August. What this translates to is that pharmaceutical company Facebook pages will now have a dialogue that will be like the rest of the Internet. This change has some in-house drug company attorneys a bit concerned. Pages which are dedicated solely to a particular prescription drug may continue to have comments disabled.

The Problem for Pharmaceutical Companies

Without the disabling of comments, the drug companies will now be open to comments or videos which can suddenly appear. If they happen to be commenting on negative side effects that someone has experienced relating to a particular drug, a report to the FDA could be soon to follow. If enough reports come in to the FDA regarding ill effects of a drug, recalls could result and drug companies could lose quite a bit of money as a result. They will have much less control over their content when this takes effect and some drug companies may decide to walk away from using Facebook altogether.

A Positive Thing for Consumers

This open dialogue is a positive thing for consumers as they need to hear from others about their experiences relating to drugs that are being marketed widely to the public. Numerous personal injury lawsuits have arisen against drug companies in recent years with individuals claiming that negative side effects from drugs are sometimes not honestly or sufficiently communicated. Long term physical ailments, addictions and even suicides have been the subject of these law suits resulting from dangerous or defective drugs.

Legal Help is Available

If you have been the victim of a defective product in the Kansas City area, you should contact a Kansas City personal injury attorney as soon as possible. You may be eligible to receive compensation. At Meyerkord, Russell, & Hergott, we specialize in personal injury cases including dangerous and defective products. We have the resources to fully investigate the matter as it is necessary to prove that the manufacturer had knowledge that the product was defective, but withheld the information regarding its risks to the consumer. Most large drug companies have attorneys on board who are skilled in defeating injury claims so it is important to have a competent attorney to work with.

Contact a Kansas City defective product lawyer from our office to set up a free consultation and we will go over the details of your injury.

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