2005N-0354 Consumer-Directed Promotion of Regulated Medical Products; Part 15 Public Hearing
FDA Comment Number : EC194
Submitter : Mr. Gerald McNally Date & Time: 12/07/2005 06:12:22
Organization : Mr. Gerald McNally
Category : Individual Consumer
Issue Areas/Comments
GENERAL
GENERAL
Nowhere else on Planet Earth are drug companies allowed to advertise direct to the consumer. Perhaps it's because in a rational health system, the Patient goes to the Health Care Provider to have his/her condition (1) diagnosed and then (2) treated. If the FDA allows direct-to-consumer advertising, you will have (A) patients who walk in, having already diagnosed themselves and having already determined the treatment they want, and (B) if the Health Care Provide says, "Hey, wait a minute, I'm doing the diagnosing, not you!" the patient will physician-shop until a pliable Health Care Provider is found who WILL prescribe the desired medication, whether it's correct or not. Please register my objection.
By the way, I also object to the UNPROVEN pseudo-scientific fallacy that there are "chemical imbalances" in the brain which cause mental illness which could be treated by these drugs.
If your objective is to make personal injury lawyers rich from all the drug-related lawsuits (does anyone remember Phen-fen...or Vioxx...or Thalidomide??), this proposed policy seems calculated to do just that.