NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--According to Prevention Magazine’s 13th annual national survey Consumer Reaction to DTC Advertising of Prescription Drugs, consumers are paying attention to the FDA regulated “fair balance” mandate between risk and benefit information on all DTC ads; the majority believe pharmaceutical advertising in magazines and television is presented “both fair and balanced.” Conducted by Prevention, Men’s Health and Women’s Health magazines, published by Rodale Inc., with technical assistance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Division of Drug Marketing, Advertising, and Communication (FDA-DDMAC), the survey is one of the primary consumer studies informing the FDA’s stance on DTC issues.
For five consecutive years in a row, consumers reported consistent balance of awareness and attention paid to both risks and benefits in TV and magazine ads.
Consumers also reported that they feel online DTC ads need to work harder to improve consumer awareness of DTC Ads Risks.
“Consumers are more responsive to the ‘fair balance’ in traditional media due to its familiarity and the recognizable formula,” says Cary Silvers, Director of Consumer Insights at Rodale. “In magazine and TV ads, risk has appeared in a very consistent manner, mainly the black and white page and the voice-over. New and evolving online formats have not delivered the same level of recognition thus far.”
60% of online consumers use social media when searching for health information: the Internet’s growing user-generated content websites have proved to be a premium and trusted resource for online consumers with Wikipedia and online forums/message boards like Patientslikeme.com lead the charge with a search following of 42%, both up six points vs. 2009; health-related blogs like Rateadrug.com followed at 30%, up an additional three points vs. 2009. These increased results confirm consumer’s trust in the personal health experiences of average individuals similar to themselves.
Advertising within the social media landscape has quickly become an accepted voice for pharmaceutical companies with 57% of consumers saying ads are acceptable on sites that cover health and medical issues.
Other key findings from the 13th annual national survey on Consumer Reaction to DTC Advertising of Prescription Drugs:
Consumers are online to seek out the very best health information with the majority finding the information both useful and trustworthy:
DTC Ads/driving doctor discussions is unchanged while patients requesting a drug are at an all-time low:
Said Mary Murcko, SVP/Publisher of Prevention, “As always, Prevention is at the forefront of talking to consumers about their personal health and wellness. In its 13th year, this survey continues to provide pharmaceutical advertisers with the most up-to-date research and information on the impact their advertising has with consumers.”
Generic prescription requests delivered impressive gains with 61% of consumers requesting a generic or less expensive medicine. This spike in requests represents an all-time high for generic prescriptions, indicating that there is little to no brand loyalty.
Prepared by Princeton Survey Research Associates International, March 2010. Telephone interviews were conducted with a nationally representative sample of 1,501 adults living in the continental United States from April 16-28, 2010. Statistical results are weighted to correct known demographic discrepancies. The margin of sampling error for the complete set of weighted data is ±3 percent.
Prevention is the #1 healthy lifestyle brand in the U.S., with a magazine audience of more than 10.2 million readers as well as the top online health magazine destination (http://www.prevention.com) with 2.6 million unique visitors each month, 22 million page views and 1.3 million in newsletter distribution. Prevention also publishes branded books—most recently 400 Calorie Fix and the best-selling Flat Belly Diet! franchise—special-interest publications, bookazines, DVDs, and 16 international editions. In 2009, nearly 50 million Prevention-branded products were sold.
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