Mar 31, 2008

Be Wary of the World Wide Web

Chances are at least one of your patients has come to you asking about something he or she read on an Internet health site. And it could be that what they can read is misleading at best.

"What appears to be a medically oriented Web site may actually be an advertising tool for a third party with a financial incentive to exaggerate or downplay a product’s benefits or dangers," Texas Atty. Gen. Greg Abbott cautions in a new consumer alert. Those with "financial incentives" include plaintiffs' attorneys and class-action law firms.

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