2005N-0354 Consumer-Directed Promotion of Regulated Medical Products; Part 15 Public Hearing
FDA Comment Number : EC232
Submitter : Mr. Gerald Pollack Date & Time: 12/07/2005 06:12:38
Organization : Mr. Gerald Pollack
Category : Individual Consumer
Issue Areas/Comments
I strongly feel that the pharmaceutical advertising I see on a regular basis is misleading and creates a market for drugs that the public would not normally buy or need. I've read how physicians find it hard to turn down requests from patients who have read about the latest "wonder drug" and demand it. I am very certain that this pushing of drugs on the public has resulted in a tremendous amount of over-medication. This comes at a high price. Many drugs have serious side effects and our insurance costs have risen dramatically to pay for the ever escalating cost of these drugs. It is obvious to me that the cost of medications is a large factor in the cost of medical insurance since all insurers have been agressively restricting what they will pay for and have increased co-pay costs dramatically over the past decade. Naturally, the pharmaceutical companies are doing quite well with the current regulations. While they complain about the costs of developing new medications, I have seen little evidence of pharmaceutical companies ending up "on the ropes" financially except, perhaps, when they've hidden known problems from the public and are successfully sued for large amounts of money. This has happened with some regularity and indicates a troubling lack of ethics in this industry. The pharmaceutical industry also appears to wield excessive power with our government when it comes to regulations. This power is, I'm sure, directly tied to the amount of money the industry gives to government officials in the form of campaign contributions and perks. This has been a good investment for the industry and the government has responded with less oversight and regulation of the industry than serves the public good. Please help reign in the pharmaceutical industry's attempts to push medication on the public. This is a great disservice to the citizens of our country and is motivated strictly by the bottom line. Thank you.