2005N-0354 Consumer-Directed Promotion of Regulated Medical Products; Part 15 Public Hearing
FDA Comment Number : EC147
Submitter : Mr. Michael Tierney Date & Time: 12/07/2005 06:12:23
Organization : Mr. Michael Tierney
Category : Individual Consumer
Issue Areas/Comments
Please stop psychiatric drug ads that claim to help correct a "chemical imbalance" in human brain chemistry. It turns out there is no rigorous, unbiased scientific evidence that such a chemical imbalance exists,
let alone that any drug definitely helps "correct" it better than good diet, exercise and healthy activities. There is only possibly biased short-term research and anecdotal results shared by individual psychiatrists. It is especially disturbing since more and more recipients of psychoactive drugs in the past 10 years are young children.
Here is a good book I have read recently by a former editor of NE-Journal of Medicine which explains the concerns I have about the lack of real science in pharma research better than I could:
synopsis http://www.nybooks.com/articles/17244
'The Truth About the Drug Companies: How They Deceive Us and What to Do About It'by Marcia Angell. Thank you. Mike Tierney,113 Gorsuch Rd., Timonium, Md 410 252-1521, miketierney2@gmail.com