Prescription Drug Ads

This Prescription Drug Ads handout & reference also includes:

Bayer Pharmaceuticals sold heroin as a cough medicine in the 1900s ... who knew? Scholars discover this, and other interesting facts, when they use the resource to prepare for a class discussion or debate. They browse videos, readers' comments, and a list of pros and cons to determine whether they think it's okay to advertise prescription drugs directly to consumers. 

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Provide graphic organizers to help learners keep track of their notes for the debate topics
Classroom Considerations
  • Time needed to thoroughly research the topic varies
  • Requires computer and Internet access
  • Includes a fascinating gallery of drug ads from the 1800s to 2014
  • Provides a helpful list of the FDA requirements for prescription drug ads
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