Update: Senate Bill 1189

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Senate Bill 1189 by Senator Dawn Buckingham has passed the Senate and the House Committee on Judiciary and Civil Jurisprudence. The bill would require advertisements to properly warn patients that it is dangerous to stop taking a prescribed medication before consulting with a physician.

“. . . [T]he ads can be confusing and misleading and sometimes a cause for needless anxiety,” said Rep. Giovanni Capriglione, author of the house companion to SB 1189. “That’s because in order to catch people’s attention and compel them to sign up for legal services, the ads sometimes use scare tactics, such as sometimes claiming a drug has been recalled when it hasn’t or is under investigation by the FDA when it isn’t.”

It’s important that we protect Texans from deceptive advertising of legal services and SB 1189 would do that. Texans Against Lawsuit Abuse continues to monitor and support SB 1189.