2005N-0354 Consumer-Directed Promotion of Regulated Medical Products; Part 15 Public Hearing
FDA Comment Number : EC294
Submitter : Mrs. Leanne Wilson Date & Time: 12/09/2005 10:12:40
Organization : Mrs. Leanne Wilson
Category : Individual Consumer
Issue Areas/Comments
GENERAL
GENERAL
I would like to state that I am against the Directed Promotion of Regulated Medical Products. The advertisements are misleading. Particularly, the ads for psychiatrict drugs. These advertisements talk about "chemical imbalace" which is a myth, it is not proven. It is made to sound like all you have to do is take this little pill and all will be well. We have seen too many school shootings by kids on these drugs to think that will be the case. Since it was decided to start putting these ads on television, I have cancelled my cable subscription. I don't want advertisers pushing drugs on me or my children and unfortunately it can't be avoided. It's on all television programs, all day long. This also means I might miss advertising that I might wish to have but the negative message that these drug ads represent makes it worth not having.
I also believe that if a person has a medical problem he should consult his doctor and the doctor should prescribe the treatment for the patient, not advertising drug companies. The drug companies are out of control and we are counting on our agencies in authority positions to do something to protect the public. These companies who push their drugs in the media don't have the public in their best interest but their profits. We have 10 million American children on psychiatric drugs. We must start taking action now to prevent the drug companies from pushing drugs on them and start looking at what's really going on with them. They are, in fact, our future. Please stop drug ads in the media. Sincerely, Leanne Wilson