Dear Doctor letterJoe Segen2016-11-15T04:16:35+00:00
Dear Doctor letter
Definition An FDA term of art for a remedial communication to doctors–formally known as a Dear Health Care Provider letter–which is required by the FDA when a drug company advertises a drug with incomplete and/or misleading information about the drug’s efficacy and/or safety.
Comment Per the FDA, the letter should be directed to all health care providers who are likely to prescribe, dispense, or administer the drug and others who would have a need to know the information being disseminated. Dear Doctor letters are also used to warn physicians about important drug prescribing information or unanticipated drug interactions. The impact of Dear Doctor warnings on physician prescribing habits is unknown.
Synonym Dear Health Care Provider letter