Archives for March 2016
By: Lynn A. Toops, Attorney
Complaints about identity theft rounded out the top five consumer complaints received by the Indiana Attorney General in 2015. This comes as no surprise given the increase in data breaches over the past few years. One of the first major data breaches occurred at Target stores. In 2013, Target stores announced approximately 40 million customers had their personal information compromised after hackers accessed debit and credit card information. This was considered one of the largest data breaches in history as cyber thieves accessed information stored on the magnetic strip on the back of these payment cards including names, card numbers, and three-digit security codes putting these consumers at a high-risk for identity theft.
Consumers are bombarded daily by advertisements for pharmaceutical drugs via television commercials, magazine advertisements, banner ads displayed on their computers, and emails. How does this constant stream of information impact a person’s decision to seek medical advice or inquire about a particular drug? What impact, if any, do these advertisements have on drug safety for patients?