Docket Management
Docket: 02N-0209 - Request for Comment on First Amendment Issues
Comment Number: EC -222

Accepted - Volume 4

Comment Record
Commentor Mrs. Sharon Thomas Date/Time 2002-07-26 14:40:38
Organization Mrs. Sharon Thomas
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? As a consumer, I want the right to decide what I will put into my body. I have multiple sclerosis. For years, I went to 'expert neurologists and used the pharmaceutical drugs they recommended. I got sicker and sicker. Then someone told me about a certain dietary supplements that might help me and were non-toxic. I spent quite a bit of time researching this and it made sense. I've been taking these supplements for 2 1/2 years now and I am symptom free. My bone density has increased, my cholesterol is down, and I feel great. I was on social security disability and have now been able to get off disability. I DO NOT want anyone to tell me that I shouldn't take these supplements or that I shouldn't recommend them to others.

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