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Monday, March 24, 2008

AG WARNS OF WEB HEALTH FRAUD

"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 Attorney General Greg Abbott cautions in a new consumer alert. Those with “financial incentives” include plaintiffs’ attorneys and class-action law firms. TMA developed a checklist you can share with your patients (PDF) to help them evaluate the validity of health care Web sites.

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