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Belgium to tighten drug advertising laws

BMJ 2006; 332 doi: (Published 11 May 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;332:1110
  1. Rory Watson
  1. Brussels

    The Belgian government is drawing up legislation to strengthen existing controls on advertising drugs and cures for specific illnesses, after a high profile row broke out between a consumer organisation and a public health foundation.

    It is illegal in Belgium to advertise drugs for which the costs are reimbursed by one of the social security system's insurers. The advertising of drugs that are not refundable is permitted, but a special committee must …

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