2005N-0354 Consumer-Directed Promotion of Regulated Medical Products; Part 15 Public Hearing
FDA Comment Number : EC253
Submitter : Mr. Earl Hatch Date & Time: 12/07/2005 06:12:28
Organization : Mr. Earl Hatch
Category : Individual Consumer
Issue Areas/Comments
GENERAL
GENERAL
In ancient times, human misery was attributed to the whims of the gods. In the Dark Ages, people were told the "humors" were the cause. In Victorian times, people were taught to blame "brain fever" for all manner of difficulties. And now it's CHEMICAL IMBALANCES in the brain.
This is a hoax. At the very least, it's an OPINION entirely unsupported by scientific evidence. No valid test reveals such a condition and certainly no norm has been established for the chemistry of a healthy human brain.
Yet the airwaves and Internet are awash with ads for drugs "suggested" as the solution for that mythical condition.
If the American public is to have confidence in the validity of medical science, then scientific methodology MUST be adhered to. Even the slightest hint of snake-oil salesmanship should be tromped on hard. As cigarette packs are labeled with warnings, so should responsible agencies warn the consumer of both the unproven nature of such theories as "chemical imbalance" and the very real dangers associated with the use of antidepressants.
THAT is what the people expect of the agencies that serve us.