2005N-0354 Consumer-Directed Promotion of Regulated Medical Products; Part 15 Public Hearing
FDA Comment Number : EC368
Submitter : Ms. Carol Jenkins Date & Time: 12/12/2005 02:12:40
Organization : Ms. Carol Jenkins
Category : Individual Consumer
Issue Areas/Comments
GENERAL
GENERAL
Allowing the promotion of drugs, particularly psychiatric drugs, to the public as they are is allowing false advertising. These drugs are not safe nor are they effective. In addition, these drugs are highly addictive. Their promotion has been disruptive to society with possible side effects of violent behavior and suicide. These side effects are far worse than anything the drugs are meant to handle and actually cause unpredictable behavior. In addition, I am concerned with possible birth defects that might occur in the future because even if the mother has stopped taking the drug during pregnancy there could still be residual drugs in her body which could get into the unborn child and cause brain damage. Also, isn't there the possibility that the child could be born a drug addict? Some of these drugs have become addictive street drugs. I have seen first hand the results of these drugs. One man that I hired I had to let go because he got quite violent when he was on his anti-depressant. I had to let him go. A young person that I hired had a lot of energy and it was difficult for me to keep up with him but he got a lot done. He was put on these drugs and became very lazy. I had to let him go. A year after he was taken off the drugs he was still lazy. I think the effects these drugs cause are permanent. I feel the only people benefitting from these drugs are the drug companies...and at the expense of our Country.