What is the Prescription Drug Marketing Act

The Prescription Drug Marketing Act (PDMA) was signed into law by President Ronald Reagan on April 22, 1988. Its purpose is twofold: to ensure that medicinal products purchased by consumers are both effective and safe to use, and to protect U.S. consumers from misbranded, adulterated, counterfeit, under-active, or expired prescription drugs. Prior to the establishment of the PDMA, legislators felt that U.S. consumers were unable to buy prescription drugs with the confidence and certainty that the medications were effective and safe. This was found to be a result of three factors: Continue reading