Docket Management
Docket: 00N-1256 - Over-the-Counter Products
Comment Number: EC -55

Accepted - Volume 6

Comment Record
Commentor Mr. Matthew Masiello Date/Time 2000-06-28 08:44:05
Organization Mr. Matthew Masiello
Category Individual

Comments for FDA General
1. General Comments The FDA needs to move aggressively to bring more prescription drugs to over-the-counter products. Today’s Americans are much better educated and informed about health care than ever before. Providing access to relatively safe drugs such as the “statins” can only bring about reductions in premature deaths. In my case, even with a family history of heart attacks and hypertension, for many years my doctor recommended dietary changes and exercise as the only means to lowering my cholesterol. I changed my diet to nearly a vegetarian’s with only a very small improvement. It was not until my first angina attack at age 49, the age that my father died from a heart attack, that an Angiogram was ordered showing several partial blockages and a cholesterol lowering drug was prescribed. Why is it necessary for the damage to occur before an available and safe drug is taken? Today I am arguing with my doctor over raising the drug dosage to achieve a cholesterol level of 150-160 while my doctor is happy with just under 200. Why can’t I do what I believe, and clinical studies show, is best for my health? Because the FDA, and probably medical doctors afraid of losing income, prevents me from buying drugs I need! In addition I see no reason for preventing individuals from ordering there own blood and urine tests as they see fit. As long as they pay for their own tests why does a doctor need to order them?

EC -55