DTC spend down 3% in '07, but mass-market ads still strong

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Drug industry spending on consumer advertising dropped 3% in 2007 to $5.15 billion, from $5.31 billion in 2006, but spending on product advertising, particularly TV and print, continued to climb. 

Pharmas cut back sharply on corporate advertising – from $577 million in 2006 to $247 million in 2007, according to TNS Media Intelligence. But product advertising was up 3% to $4.9 billion, from $4.73 billion in 2006. 

For product advertising, newspapers took a hit as spending was halved, to $75 million from $152 million. Radio spending fell 45%, from $55 million to $30 million. Perhaps most remarkably, Internet spending slid 5%, from $163 million to $155 million, though that figure only reflects display advertising – not spending on search engine optimization or websites. 

Spending on TV product ads rose 7% to $2.87 billion from $2.66 billion in 2006, while spending on product ads in magazines climbed 4% to $1.76 billion from $1.68 billion in 2006.

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