2005N-0354 Consumer-Directed Promotion of Regulated Medical Products; Part 15 Public Hearing
FDA Comment Number : EC264
Submitter : Mr. Philip Johnston Date & Time: 12/07/2005 06:12:57
Organization : Mr. Philip Johnston
Category : Individual Consumer
Issue Areas/Comments
For the past few years, I've been seeing more and more advertisements, particularly TV commercials, pushing psychiatric drugs. Very often I find the message in them to be misleading, such as, 'Do you ever feel depressed?'...sure, who doesn't? This is no reason to start taking potentially dangerous (not to mention unproven) mind-altering drugs!

These drugs (like all drugs) are a camoflauge. They cover up a problem, so that you don't have to confront the actual source of the problem and handle it. They have also proven to be extremely dangerous, driving users to acts of violence.

These drugs should never be allowed to be sold, but as a first step, lets stop them from being pushed on the uninformed public sitting at home watching their TV. Do people run commercials for marijuana? Heroin? Crack? Why should they be able to push psychiatric drugs then? They all camoflauge problems, are highly addictive and have disastrous side effects. Please take responsiblity for this issue and ban promotion of medial drugs forever.

Thank you.