Docket Management
Docket: 02N-0209 - Request for Comment on First Amendment Issues
Comment Number: EC -347

Accepted - Volume 6

Comment Record
Commentor Mr. Brian Smith Date/Time 2002-09-06 11:41:54
Organization Mr. Brian Smith
Category Individual

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? Restrictions on the advertising of tobacco, alcohol, gambling and pharmaceuticals are essential for protecting public health. Of all the problems facing our country, insufficient advertising of cigarettes, liquor, etc. is not one of them.




EC -347