2005N-0354 Consumer-Directed Promotion of Regulated Medical Products; Part 15 Public Hearing
FDA Comment Number : EC129
Submitter : Ms. Willa Casstevens Date & Time: 12/07/2005 06:12:26
Organization : Ms. Willa Casstevens
Category : Health Professional
Issue Areas/Comments
Please do not allow pharmaceutical companies to advertise prescription medications to the general publice, e.g., via television or internet commercials. The general consumer may be unaware of risks and potential harmful side effects, yet may insist on a prescription based on such advertising. Although doctors, of course, may deny such a request, it is difficult to lose a patient over such a disagreement and this can happen. As a licensed clinical social worker, I would like to request that promotion of regulated medications be limited and that pharmaceutical industry advertising to the general public be banned or at least severely restricted.