2005N-0354 Consumer-Directed Promotion of Regulated Medical Products; Part 15 Public Hearing
FDA Comment Number : EC233
Submitter : Ms. Virginia Smedberg Date & Time: 12/07/2005 06:12:47
Organization : Ms. Virginia Smedberg
Category : Individual Consumer
Issue Areas/Comments
Advertisements for psychiatric drugs should not be permitted, period. These are not "over-the-counter" mild remedies; they are dangerous drugs with very bad side effects, that's why they are prescription drugs. It is up to a person's medical professional to prescribe treatments that s/he considers will be effective in handling that person's situation of dis-ease. Advertisements, by their very nature, NEVER give the whole truth but rather exist to SELL a product by making the reader believe s/he wants it. In the case of advertisements I have read for psychiatric drugs, not only do they not give the whole truth, they in fact contain untruths, unproven statements, speculations, all couched in terms that make the reader think they know what they are talking about. For example, the "chemical imbalance" business, which has NEVER been proven (all the supposed "proof" studies have been debunked) keeps appearing in those ads. (Personally, I think the "war on drugs" should be fought by going after the drug manufacturers, who are hooking people on all sorts of drugs and advertising the concept "have a problem? pop a pill!" And then we wonder why people try "illegal" drugs - and of course many of the prescription drugs end up being sold as street drugs.)