2005N-0354 Consumer-Directed Promotion of Regulated Medical Products; Part 15 Public Hearing
FDA Comment Number : EC220
Submitter : Mr. Steven Hechtman Date & Time: 12/07/2005 06:12:59
Organization : Mr. Steven Hechtman
Category : Individual Consumer
Issue Areas/Comments
GENERAL
GENERAL
Drug companies should not be permitted to advertize directly to end consumers. What is the purpose of doing so anyway - so that people can prescribe themselves by pressuring doctors? I think we have an over-prescribed populace as a result of all this marketing by big-pharma. People should be prescribed drugs by a healthcare professional only based on an actual need.

The drug companies may like their own ads on TV and in magazines but I find them revolting - I'd rather watch a mustard commercial.