2005N-0354 Consumer-Directed Promotion of Regulated Medical Products; Part 15 Public Hearing
FDA Comment Number : EC350
Submitter : Mr. David Vannier Date & Time: 12/09/2005 11:12:40
Organization : Mr. David Vannier
Category : Individual Consumer
Issue Areas/Comments
GENERAL
GENERAL
The advertising of anti-depressant drugs to consumers is shamefully misleading. They leave the consumer with the impression that a 'chemical imbalance' as the cause of their depression is medically proven and that the advertised drug can correct that imbalance. The theory of 'chemical imbalance' is far from being proven and is widely disputed in the medical community. As there is no correct chemical balance for the brain that has been established, how can it be suggested that an imbalance is being treated?
The resulting consequences of the public belief in this fad and their widespread consumption of these drugs is a direct failure by the FDA to protect the public. And that is depressing.