Joanna L. Simon

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Editor’s Note:  At first glance, drones may seem unrelated to the social media and Internet-related issues that we track on Socially Aware. Upon closer examination, however, many social media and Internet companies are exploring the commercial use of drones; for example, Amazon has publicly announced its intentions to incorporate drones into its package delivery system, and both Facebook and Google have expressed their desire to use drones to facilitate Internet connectivity. With that in…
Last week the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) promulgated two much-anticipated draft guidance documents on using social media to present information about prescription drugs and medical devices. The draft guidance documents, which were originally promised by the FDA in 2010, represent the FDA’s latest attempt to provide direction for drug and device manufacturers concerning how and when they may use social media. BACKGROUND Drug and device labeling and promotion are highly regulated activities, subject to…