2005N-0354 Consumer-Directed Promotion of Regulated Medical Products; Part 15 Public Hearing
FDA Comment Number : EC257
Submitter : Ms. Leslie Newman Date & Time: 12/07/2005 06:12:09
Organization : Ms. Leslie Newman
Category : Individual Consumer
Issue Areas/Comments
GENERAL
GENERAL
I am completely opposed to allowing consumer-direct advertising of pharmaceuticals, especially psychotropic medications, in any medium, but particularly television.

There is no clinical evidence of the so-called "chemical imbalance," which is supposedly responsible for depression, yet the public is bombarded with the pharmaceutical message that depressed people need mind-altering drugs to conquer this mythical syndrome.

I ask that the FDA step in and take back responsibility for public health and safety by curtailing the pharmaceutical companies from engaging in this harmful profit-driven practice.