2005N-0354 Consumer-Directed Promotion of Regulated Medical Products; Part 15 Public Hearing
FDA Comment Number : EC149
Submitter : Mr. Doug Miller Date & Time: 12/07/2005 06:12:40
Organization : Mr. Doug Miller
Category : Individual Consumer
Issue Areas/Comments
Re: Direct to Consumer advertising of regulate medical products.
It is my firm opinion that direct to consumer advertising of regulated medical products, especially psychiatric and psychotropic drugs, should be eliminated completely. The ads currently on TV and in print are very slick and inviting, often without even stating what the product is intended to be used to control.
The myth that peace of mind, self-confidence and control of one's life can be found in a pill needs to be stopped. Psychiatrists, hiding behind the cloak of "MD", have been telling us for years that a pill could make everything fine. Valium didn't do it, LSD didn't work, and the current plethora of stronger and much more addictive anti-depressants are certainly not improving the American way of life. Every case of child school shootings can be traced back to children who were on psychiatric drugs.
I do not at all appreciate my eight-year-old son seeing ads that encourage taking drugs as a solution to life's problems. These ads are attempting to indoctrinate all of society into the mindset that every mental problem is adjustable via chemicals. Meanwhile, the worn-out phrase "chemical imbalance of the brain" is being debunked as a lie even by psychiatrists.
At school, my son is taught to "say no to drugs." A once-a-week class about saying no is not a match for the allure of constant TV ads that say, essentially, "Just take drugs and you'll be fine!"
Please put a stop to this pharmaceutical onslaught.
Thank you,
Doug Miller