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Acta Pol Pharm. 2013 Jul-Aug;70(4):769-76.

Restrictions on the conduct of advertising of medicinal products in Poland and their violations.

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  • 1Department of Public Heath, Medical University of Warsaw, Zwirki and Wigury 61, 02-091 Warszawa, Poland. ola_czerw@wp.pl

Abstract

Similarly to other European countries, the Polish pharmaceutical market is in the phase of maturity characterized by limited speed of increase in sales. In connection with escalation of the competitive struggle, being the result of globalization and development of enterprises producing generic medications, the most important aim for pharmaceutical companies has been to maintain profitability on the right level. To perform this task, companies producing medications have to carry out proper marketing actions. The marketing elements include, apart from the product, the price and the distribution, also promotion which is inextricably linked with advertising. It is a special type of information message that aims at evoking a specific consumer's attitude and belief. Advertising of medicinal products is subject to detailed legislative and non-legislative regulations. The aim of the article is to present legal regulations within the scope of advertising of medicinal products and violations of these regulations based on example decisions of the Main Pharmaceutical Inspector issued in the years 2008-2010. Abundant rulings of the Main Pharmaceutical Inspector prove that both advertisements addressed to public attention and those addressed to specialists often diverge from the criteria determined by the Pharmaceutical Law. In the face of still increasing violations of the provisions of the Pharmaceutical Law act, it seems that introducing a ban on advertising or any possible financial sanctions is not a sufficient punishment for advertisers. Thus, an introduction of other, more rigorous legal regulations as a deterrent for those involved in illegal advertising of medicinal products ought to be considered.

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