Case 4-4 - Catherine Reeves Case 4-4 Citation Thompson v....

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Catherine Reeves Case 4-4 Citation Thompson v. Western States Medical Center. Supreme Court of the United States, 2002. 535 U.S. 357, 122 S. Ct. 1497, 152 L.Ed.2d 563. Facts The Food and Drug Administration Modernization Act of 1997 exempts "compounded drugs," or drugs in which a pharmacist or doctor has combined, mixed, or altered ingredients to create a medication tailored to an individual patient's needs, from the Food and Drug Administration's standard drug approval requirements under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, so long as the providers of the compounded drugs abide by several restrictions. The restrictions included that the prescription be unsolicited and that the providers not advertise or promote the compounding of any particular drug, class of drug, or type of drug. A group of licensed pharmacies that specialize in compounding drugs sought to enjoin enforcement of the advertising and solicitation provisions, arguing that they violate the First Amendment's free speech guarantee. Agreeing, the District
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