Docket Management
Docket: 01N-0078 - Assessment Attitudes Toward Direct-to-Consumer Promo of Prescription Drugs
Comment Number: EC -1

Accepted - Volume 1

Comment Record
Commentor Dr. Michael B. Mayor, MD Date/Time 2001-03-20 14:27:05
Organization Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center
Category Academic

Comments for FDA General
1. Is the proposed collection of information necessary for the proper performance of FDA's functions? Will the information have practical utility? Yes, generally
2. What is the accuracy of FDA's estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of information, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used? I have no idea
3. What are ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected? That will depend on the analysis done on the data collected
4. What are ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on respondents, including through the use of automated collection techniques, when appropriate, and other forms of information technology? I would support the use of on-line methods for data gathering, similar to those used by Harris Polling
5. General Comments I am generally of the opinion that a surfeit of information is better than a vacuum, and favor making many sources of information available to patients and their families. That said, I am also emphatic in suggesting that I am *not* a health care provider, rather I am a medical professional. I did not go to health school, I went to medical school. I did not get a health degree, I got a medical degree. I do not belong to a health society, I belong to a medical society. I would like to see effective efforts brought to bear to scour the term health care provider from our lexicon, as it does not stem from initiatives of either physicians or patients.

EC -1