2005N-0354 Consumer-Directed Promotion of Regulated Medical Products; Part 15 Public Hearing
FDA Comment Number : EC135
Submitter : Mr. Christopher Owens Date & Time: 12/07/2005 06:12:46
Organization : Mr. Christopher Owens
Category : Individual Consumer
Issue Areas/Comments
GENERAL
GENERAL
Consumer Directed Promotion of Prescription medicines of ANY type is not only an inappropriate, but dangerous practice. As it leads individual consumers to seek out prescription drugs in the same way that one would seek out the latest DVD they may want. Worst of all is the advertisement of psychiatric drugs, which make claims of correcting "chemical imbalances" that factually are not and have never been provable by PHYSICAL diagnostic test. The advertisments of these drugs are therefore making false and misleading claims. And the result is that more and more Americans are simply going to their General Practitioner (not even a psychiatrist particularly - another issue in itself)and asking for whatever drug they want. Furthermore, with no physical diagnostic test to determine if there is such a PHYSICAL need on the part of the patient, the door is left WIDE OPEN for some patients to simply fake the symptoms that the commercials have so helpfully listed out for them, and then be prescribed a drug by their doctor that the person may well be using for illicit purposes. This scene really needs to be gotten under control.