2005N-0354 Consumer-Directed Promotion of Regulated Medical Products; Part 15 Public Hearing
FDA Comment Number : EC101
Submitter : Mr. Greg Brown Date & Time: 12/07/2005 06:12:38
Organization : Mr. Greg Brown
Category : Individual Consumer
Issue Areas/Comments
Television is not the place to advertise drugs. You never get the full scope of the product and its effects. In fact they are purposely misleading. They show people running through fields, laughing, etc. while they tell you the side effects very quietly. Often times drugs are advertised without even saying what the drug does or what it handles, it just says ask your doctor about X drug. They are brainwashing people because the message and the drug's name is pounded into your head constantly along with images of happy people.

The drug companies are fully aware of the effects of the media and they use it ruthlessly to increase profits. The correct place for any type of medical treatment or diagnosis is your doctor, not your television. Drugs should never be advertised.

You don't hear things like tetnus shots getting advertised on tv. People running in fields laughing and cheering because they get a tetnus shot. The reason is money and because there is no residual income for tetnus infections. You can prescribe anti-depressants for an indefinite amount of time and of course there is no cure so the profits are so mind boggling infinite that the drug companies will have plenty of money to continue the lie and mislead on TV.

The motives of the television ads are not to help people or cure people. It's about profit. If drugs companies were there to cure people they wouldn't be around very long and that isn't good for business. If no one has any disorders or diseases or depression or whatever then they don't make trillions of dollars.