Doing research on FDA regulation of Internet/software/

Alexander Volokh volokh at
Tue Mar 25 01:03:00 EST 1997

Hi!  I'm trying to do some research on FDA regulation of medical 
information on the Internet.  I hear that the FDA is coming out, or 
thinking of coming out, with guidelines on what people can say about 
drugs on the Internet, especially if you're associated with a drug 
company.  I'm still hazy on the general topic, though I also hear that 
newsgroups and discussion lists can be affected.  Do drug companies have 
to be careful before linking to a disease-related newsgroup or discussion 
list?  Do they have to police its content before linking to it?  Are drug 
company people restricted from talking about their drug in certain ways 
on the discussion group?  (Can they correct people who post wrong or 
misleading information about drugs?)

I'm also interested in other areas where drug and device regulation 
connects with information technology -- for example, FDA regulation of 

I would appreciate any responses, especially if you have something more 
than generalities -- that is, if you've run across some of this 
regulation yourselves, and can tell me the details of what happened.  I 
hope to get enough research done to write an article at some point, so 
I'm looking for information as specific as you can.  (Alternately, if 
you've run across a case where FDA regulation was beneficial in stopping 
harmful information, I'm interesting in hearing about that as well.)

You can respond to me privately through e-mail.  If you're worried about 
your privacy, just let me know and I'll respect it.  Thanks!

							- Sasha Volokh

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