The FTC has launched a review of the use of celebrities to endorse products with a particular focus on whether they disclose their paymasters well enough. What this story doesn’t say is that the review is spurred in part by the use of celebrities like Lauren Bacall and Kathleen Turner to tout drug brands on TV talk shows without their mentioning that they were paid by drug companies to do so.
Here’s a list of celebrities and the drug companies on their payrolls.
And here's the FTC's original announcement of the review. The part where it mentions drug companies and undisclosed celebrity endorsements is on pages 11 and 12. Deadline for comment from industry lobbyists has been extended another 90 days.