2005N-0354 Consumer-Directed Promotion of Regulated Medical Products; Part 15 Public Hearing
FDA Comment Number : EC273
Submitter : Mr. Ed Beckmann Date & Time: 12/07/2005 06:12:48
Organization : Mr. Ed Beckmann
Category : Individual Consumer
Issue Areas/Comments
"Truth in advertising" must be applied here in the case of "medical" drugs that target the "mental health" field. When challenged, it becomes evident that there is no clinical / scientific basis for the drugs such as ritalin, prozac and many others claiming to handle "mental health" issues.
When such drugs must be (rightly) labelled as sufficiently harmful to drive some to suicide and other violent actions, its ludicrous to consider that scientists, medical doctors and researchers would endorse, approve or in any way associate themselves with such a damaging charade.
The FDA must act demonstrably in favor of the public good and shun the special interests that back such atrocious drugs. These drugs must be banned. The first step must be to force plain labelling and warning to the public in ALL forms of promotion and advertisement that these drugs are harmful and dangerous, possibly causing suicide or other violent actions.
My seven-year-old cousin correctly refused to take prozac. He said that he would do anything to not take it; it made him feel bad.
Perhaps my comments are so severe that my opinion will be categorized as 'radical' and possibly ignored. But please look at the evidence and the lack of scientific or medical basis. It is time to take the public health out of the hands of the drug companies and their retailers and back into the hands of honest physicians.