Docket Management
Docket: 02N-0209 - Request for Comment on First Amendment Issues
Comment Number: EC -160

Accepted - Volume 4

Comment Record
Commentor Mrs. Anne Marie Hamilton Date/Time 2002-07-25 10:47:24
Organization Mannatech
Category Dietary Supplement Industry

Comments for FDA General
1. Are there arguments for regulating speech about drugs more comprehensively than, for example, about dietary supplements? What must an administrative record contain to sustain such a position? In particular, could FDA sustain a position that certain promotional speech about drugs is inherently misleading, unless it complies with FDA requirements? Does anything turn on whether the speech is made to learned intermediaries or to consumers? What is the evidentiary basis of such a distinction? Dear Sirs: I believe it is IMPERATIVE that we continue to provide information about dietary supplements to the public! Without this neccessary information the public can NOT determine what is hype and what is scientific fact! It is our right to know about dietary supplements and what they contain, what the science is behind the research and to learn what scientists and physicians have studied and their conclusions. To determine whether these products are all natural and also if the claims are true. The government has concurred that our foods are deficient, how then can we supplement, without studying the facts as stated correctly? I believe this is as important as the right to free speech. The whole world is watching us and following our example. We say we want our freedoms, after 9-11 this is yet another example of them being chipped away! Please don't take away our abilities to determine what is correct for our bodies to continue to maintain our nutrition for our health! Americans are strong, in our minds as well as our bodies, and bodies INFLUENCE our minds! Don't we as Americans deserve the BEST we can put in our bodies? The only way we can determine this is by knowing the facts! Thank you for taking the time to hear my opinions, I am sure after reading all the information avialable you will continue to do what is right for Americans. Sincerely, Anne Marie Hamilton

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