Docket Management
Docket: 02N-0209 - Request for Comment on First Amendment Issues
Comment Number: EC -179

Accepted - Volume 4

Comment Record
Commentor Mr. Tom Clark Date/Time 2002-07-25 15:58:46
Organization Mr. Tom Clark
Category Dietary Supplement Industry

Comments for FDA General
Questions
1. Are there arguments for regulating speech about drugs more comprehensively than, for example, about dietary supplements? What must an administrative record contain to sustain such a position? In particular, could FDA sustain a position that certain promotional speech about drugs is inherently misleading, unless it complies with FDA requirements? Does anything turn on whether the speech is made to learned intermediaries or to consumers? What is the evidentiary basis of such a distinction? It is quite apparent to millions of Americans that the FDA, AMA and congress are being heavily and unfairly influenced by the Pharmaceutical Industry. Tens of Billions of dollars are being spent to sway, entertain and court doctors, legislators and the general public to continue taking a product that is now a leading cause of death in the Unites States. One such outrageous example of this is when the Drug companies forced the FDA to make law where only Drug companies can claim their products can cure a disease or illness. This MUST be changed NOW. If anything is scientifically, medically and antidotal proven to help, treat and/or cure any disease or illness to a degree of common sense, THIS INFORMATION MUST BE MADE AVAILABLE TO THE PUBLIC! If the FDA continues to make decisions based on the influence of monetary benefit, decisions that hurt all Americans, it will become an institution regarded on the same level as an Enron or WorldCom and will likewise, eventually come crashing down.
2. Is FDA's current position regarding direct-to-consumer and other advertisements consistent with empirical research on the effects of those advertisements, as well as with relevant legal authority? What are the positive and negative effects, if any, of industry's promotion of prescription drugs, biologics, and/or devices? Does the current regulatory approach and its implementation by industry lead to over-prescription of drugs? Do they increase physician visits or patient compliance with medication regimes? Do they cause patient visits that lead to treatment for under-diagnosed diseases? Does FDA's current approach and its implementation by industry lead to adequate treatment for under-diagnosed diseases? Do they lead to adequate patient understanding of the potential risks associated with use of drugs? Does FDA's current approach and its implementation by industry create any impediments to the ability of doctors to give optimal medical advice or prescribe optimal treatment? It is quite apparent to millions of Americans that the FDA, AMA and congress are being heavily and unfairly influenced by the Pharmaceutical Industry. Tens of Billions of dollars are being spent to sway, entertain and court doctors, legislators and the general public to continue taking a product that is now a leading cause of death in the Unites States. One such outrageous example of this is when the Drug companies forced the FDA to make law where only Drug companies can claim their products can cure a disease or illness. This MUST be changed NOW. If anything is scientifically, medically and antidotal proven to help, treat and/or cure any disease or illness to a degree of common sense, THIS INFORMATION MUST BE MADE AVAILABLE TO THE PUBLIC! If the FDA continues to make decisions based on the influence of monetary benefit, decisions that hurt all Americans, it will become an institution regarded on the same level as an Enron or WorldCom and will likewise, eventually come crashing down.
3. May FDA distinguish claims concerning conventional foods from those relating to dietary supplements, taking into account limits on claims that can be made about foods in the Nutrition Labeling and Education Act, 21 U.S.C. 301, 321, 337, 343, 371? What must an administrative record contain to sustain or deny claims on food labels? How can information best be presented in a succinct but non-misleading fashion? To what extent do assertions in claims need qualifications or disclaimers added to the label to avoid any misconceptions that consumers may draw? Is there a basis to believe that consumers approach claims about conventional foods and dietary supplements differently? It is quite apparent to millions of Americans that the FDA, AMA and congress are being heavily and unfairly influenced by the Pharmaceutical Industry. Tens of Billions of dollars are being spent to sway, entertain and court doctors, legislators and the general public to continue taking a product that is now a leading cause of death in the Unites States. One such outrageous example of this is when the Drug companies forced the FDA to make law where only Drug companies can claim their products can cure a disease or illness. This MUST be changed NOW. If anything is scientifically, medically and antidotal proven to help, treat and/or cure any disease or illness to a degree of common sense, THIS INFORMATION MUST BE MADE AVAILABLE TO THE PUBLIC! If the FDA continues to make decisions based on the influence of monetary benefit, decisions that hurt all Americans, it will become an institution regarded on the same level as an Enron or WorldCom and will likewise, eventually come crashing down.
4. Should disclaimers be required to be in the same (or smaller or larger) size of type and given equal prominence with claims? Is there any relevant authority or social science research on this issue? It is quite apparent to millions of Americans that the FDA, AMA and congress are being heavily and unfairly influenced by the Pharmaceutical Industry. Tens of Billions of dollars are being spent to sway, entertain and court doctors, legislators and the general public to continue taking a product that is now a leading cause of death in the Unites States. One such outrageous example of this is when the Drug companies forced the FDA to make law where only Drug companies can claim their products can cure a disease or illness. This MUST be changed NOW. If anything is scientifically, medically and antidotal proven to help, treat and/or cure any disease or illness to a degree of common sense, THIS INFORMATION MUST BE MADE AVAILABLE TO THE PUBLIC! If the FDA continues to make decisions based on the influence of monetary benefit, decisions that hurt all Americans, it will become an institution regarded on the same level as an Enron or WorldCom and will likewise, eventually come crashing down.
5. How can warnings be made most effective in preventing harm while minimizing the chances of consumer confusion or inattention? Is there any evidence as to which types of warnings consumers follow or disregard? It is quite apparent to millions of Americans that the FDA, AMA and congress are being heavily and unfairly influenced by the Pharmaceutical Industry. Tens of Billions of dollars are being spent to sway, entertain and court doctors, legislators and the general public to continue taking a product that is now a leading cause of death in the Unites States. One such outrageous example of this is when the Drug companies forced the FDA to make law where only Drug companies can claim their products can cure a disease or illness. This MUST be changed NOW. If anything is scientifically, medically and antidotal proven to help, treat and/or cure any disease or illness to a degree of common sense, THIS INFORMATION MUST BE MADE AVAILABLE TO THE PUBLIC! If the FDA continues to make decisions based on the influence of monetary benefit, decisions that hurt all Americans, it will become an institution regarded on the same level as an Enron or WorldCom and will likewise, eventually come crashing down.
6. What arguments or social science evidence, if any, can be used to support distinguishing between claims made in advertisements and those made on labels? Does the First Amendment and the relevant social science evidence afford the Government greater latitude over labels? It is quite apparent to millions of Americans that the FDA, AMA and congress are being heavily and unfairly influenced by the Pharmaceutical Industry. Tens of Billions of dollars are being spent to sway, entertain and court doctors, legislators and the general public to continue taking a product that is now a leading cause of death in the Unites States. One such outrageous example of this is when the Drug companies forced the FDA to make law where only Drug companies can claim their products can cure a disease or illness. This MUST be changed NOW. If anything is scientifically, medically and antidotal proven to help, treat and/or cure any disease or illness to a degree of common sense, THIS INFORMATION MUST BE MADE AVAILABLE TO THE PUBLIC! If the FDA continues to make decisions based on the influence of monetary benefit, decisions that hurt all Americans, it will become an institution regarded on the same level as an Enron or WorldCom and will likewise, eventually come crashing down.
7. Would permitting speech by manufacturer, distributor, and marketer about off-label uses undermine the act's requirement that new uses must be approved by the FDA? If so, how? If not, why not? What is the extent of FDA's ability to regulate speech concerning off-label uses? It is quite apparent to millions of Americans that the FDA, AMA and congress are being heavily and unfairly influenced by the Pharmaceutical Industry. Tens of Billions of dollars are being spent to sway, entertain and court doctors, legislators and the general public to continue taking a product that is now a leading cause of death in the Unites States. One such outrageous example of this is when the Drug companies forced the FDA to make law where only Drug companies can claim their products can cure a disease or illness. This MUST be changed NOW. If anything is scientifically, medically and antidotal proven to help, treat and/or cure any disease or illness to a degree of common sense, THIS INFORMATION MUST BE MADE AVAILABLE TO THE PUBLIC! If the FDA continues to make decisions based on the influence of monetary benefit, decisions that hurt all Americans, it will become an institution regarded on the same level as an Enron or WorldCom and will likewise, eventually come crashing down.
8. Do FDA's speech-related regulations advance the public health concerns they are designed to address? Are there other alternative approaches that FDA could pursue to accomplish those objectives with fewer restrictions on speech? It is quite apparent to millions of Americans that the FDA, AMA and congress are being heavily and unfairly influenced by the Pharmaceutical Industry. Tens of Billions of dollars are being spent to sway, entertain and court doctors, legislators and the general public to continue taking a product that is now a leading cause of death in the Unites States. One such outrageous example of this is when the Drug companies forced the FDA to make law where only Drug companies can claim their products can cure a disease or illness. This MUST be changed NOW. If anything is scientifically, medically and antidotal proven to help, treat and/or cure any disease or illness to a degree of common sense, THIS INFORMATION MUST BE MADE AVAILABLE TO THE PUBLIC! If the FDA continues to make decisions based on the influence of monetary benefit, decisions that hurt all Americans, it will become an institution regarded on the same level as an Enron or WorldCom and will likewise, eventually come crashing down.
9. Are there any regulations, guidance, policies, and practices FDA should change, in light of governing First Amendment authority? It is quite apparent to millions of Americans that the FDA, AMA and congress are being heavily and unfairly influenced by the Pharmaceutical Industry. Tens of Billions of dollars are being spent to sway, entertain and court doctors, legislators and the general public to continue taking a product that is now a leading cause of death in the Unites States. One such outrageous example of this is when the Drug companies forced the FDA to make law where only Drug companies can claim their products can cure a disease or illness. This MUST be changed NOW. If anything is scientifically, medically and antidotal proven to help, treat and/or cure any disease or illness to a degree of common sense, THIS INFORMATION MUST BE MADE AVAILABLE TO THE PUBLIC! If the FDA continues to make decisions based on the influence of monetary benefit, decisions that hurt all Americans, it will become an institution regarded on the same level as an Enron or WorldCom and will likewise, eventually come crashing down.




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