2005N-0354 Consumer-Directed Promotion of Regulated Medical Products; Part 15 Public Hearing
FDA Comment Number : EC249
Submitter : Mr. Joe Sessions Date & Time: 12/07/2005 06:12:40
Organization : Mr. Joe Sessions
Category : Individual Consumer
Issue Areas/Comments
Truly, direct to consumer advertising is a close cousin of drug pushing. Formerly, (and correctly) a doctor knew what tools he had, and then diagnoses and prescribes accordingly. A patient coming in and saying, 'Put me on Prozac' is a mockery of the doctor's expertise, and leads to an overdrugged society. The motive of the drug company is money, and they can make more with advertising.
As an educator, I have witnessed far too many people who think nothing of putting their kids on a mind altering drug, until they start seeing the side effects, and are LITERALLY crying to me for help. Kids having psychotic breaks, weight loss, illness, loss of personality, I've seen them all. This is not the 'pleasant sunny meadow' sort of a situation that the ads would have you believe. Restriction on this sort of pro-drug propaganda needs to increase. We aren't talking about vitamins or exercise or healthy living. 'Medicine' is far too complimentary of a word for much of what is going on. It is correctly classified as 'The Promotion of Mind Altering, Addictive Drugs for Profit.'