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Legal issues around giving medical advice online?

Rodrigo Cauduro Techincal Marketing Guy looking into Extracting valuable information from Big data

Last updated on April 20th, 2017

I'm researching creating a resource for patients of incurable diseases and presenting to them the latest research around those diseases (evidence-based research).

If this was presented as research-only and not medical advice could I get into legal trouble?

The project would be online so I guess it does not apply to a specific jurisdiction (which maybe makes my question even more complicated).

Juan Zarco Managing Director, Silicon Valley Ventures Growth Partners llp

April 20th, 2017

Maybe this actual Silicon Valley experience will help: a healthcare startup decided to publish the dialogue among women who favored certain contraceptive pills and create a report from the algorithm that would statistically determine the preferred choices. The software was cheaply developed. But got shut down by the FDA since it had not passed their rigorous licensing approval (actually, the startup had not bothered to discuss or register their service with the FDA). ANYTHING that offers medical advice must past pass the FDA requirements, which can be expensive depending on the severity of the medical conditions and service provided. Check the FDA website. Other countries has FDA equivalents but none Worldwide is more detailed, as expensive and more rigorous as the FDA process.

Steve Karmeinsky CoFounder City Meets Tech / Lean Capital Ltd / Placeholder Ltd

April 20th, 2017

As has been stated, if you offer anything that can be construed as offering advice, then you're probably offering advice and need to register with the FDA/etc.