2005N-0354 Consumer-Directed Promotion of Regulated Medical Products; Part 15 Public Hearing
FDA Comment Number : EC117
Submitter : Ms. Linda Sereda Date & Time: 12/07/2005 06:12:45
Organization : Smith Education Services
Category : Drug Industry
Issue Areas/Comments
Dear Sirs,

I am really fed up with all the drug advertising I see on TV and in magazines lately. Years ago, I used to buy and read "Woman's Day" faithfully every week. Now, there are so many drug ads that I am disgusted even looking at it.
On TV, the drug ads just roll on and on and on. What's worse is that the average TV viewer has no clue as to whether or not they need the drug. They have no idea how harmful the drugs can be. They then go and demand that their doctor give them these drugs and because the doctors get most of their drug education from the drug companies, they don't necessarily know any more than the patient, so they give in to the patient's demands.
The worst of these drugs are, of course, the psychotropic drugs. I don't know of one which has been shown to cause any improvement in a majority of cases. I do know of many which have been proven to be harmful to so many people that they've been banned in some countries (but not the US!). It is well-documented that US drug companies have covered up significant studies on certain psychotropic drugs which have proven that these drugs are harmful. It is much cheaper for them to pay out a few million dollars in lawsuit settlements than to lose a few billion dollars profits. Who cares about a few thousand dead, robotic or crazy kids? Only their friends and families -- and they don't have enough influence to matter anyhow.
Tobacco companies are not allowed to advertise and yet their product is far less harmful than psychotropic drugs, which at best just cover up physical pain and at worst are the direct cause of most suicides and many murders. It definitely is time to stop the TV advertising.

Linda Sereda