2005N-0354 Consumer-Directed Promotion of Regulated Medical Products; Part 15 Public Hearing
FDA Comment Number : EC136
Submitter : Mrs. Marlene Suliteanu Date & Time: 12/07/2005 06:12:52
Organization : Mrs. Marlene Suliteanu
Category : Health Professional
Issue Areas/Comments
Biochemistry is too complicated, too individual, and too potentially-susceptible to seemingly slight influences, for consumers to be able to use the information given in brief TV or magazine ads, written with vested interest, as the basis for their requests to doctors for care. If their condition would benefit from medication, the pharmaceutical industry is not the "expert" to say so. The professional who sees all the individual data should assist the patient in deciding a course of action. Advertisements can't do that; nor can they detail all information relevant to making those decisions. Psychiatric conditions, especially, imply fragile patients at risk in the hands of authorities concerned more with their perceptions of jeopardy to the community than the needs of the patient. Please reexamine the premise on which drug prescriptions are approved.