Pfizer found guilty of breaching codeBMJ 2005; 330 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.330.7484.162-b (Published 20 January 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;330:162
- Tony Sheldon
Pharmaceutical company Pfizer has been ordered to shut down a Dutch website about erectile dysfunction that it sponsors, after a complaint was upheld that it was guilty of the “unlawful public advertising” of its prescription only drug sildenafil (Viagra).
Dutch MP Agnes Kant brought a complaint after a series of radio commercials from Pfizer last October on erectile dysfunction.
Although Dutch law permits “symptom advertising”—which draws attention to specific medical conditions but does not name pharmaceutical …