2005N-0354 Consumer-Directed Promotion of Regulated Medical Products; Part 15 Public Hearing
FDA Comment Number : EC57
Submitter : Mrs. Dominique Beck Date & Time: 12/07/2005 06:12:29
Organization : Mrs. Dominique Beck
Category : Individual Consumer
Issue Areas/Comments
GENERAL
GENERAL
I am pleased that the FDA is looking into this contentious issue and appreciate the opportunity to voice my comments.

I am against direct to consumer drug advertisements. All drugs have adverse side-effects many of which are unknown. Individuals taking multiple drugs, which many people do are more at risk for adverse side-effects, adverse side-effects of these drug cocktails are even less well known.

Prescription drugs should be prescribed by a doctor who is well-informed about the nature of the drug and its potential side-effects as well as specific knowledge about the physical condition of the patient. Drugs should not be glorified, as a panacea, in an advertisement showing happy smiling healthy people, which does not address the very real issues that are present with taking any drug.

Most western countries do not allow direct to consumer advertsing for this very reason. The United States should do the same. These advertisements just benefit the drug companies, not the average citizen.

Yours Sincerely,

Dominique Beck