2005N-0354 Consumer-Directed Promotion of Regulated Medical Products; Part 15 Public Hearing
FDA Comment Number : EC291
Submitter : Mr. Todd Wilson Date & Time: 12/09/2005 10:12:11
Organization : Mr. Todd Wilson
Category : Individual Consumer
Issue Areas/Comments
I think it is inappropriate for drug companies to promote directly to the public. The general public cannot possibly hope to have enough information or to get enough information to know whether or not a they should be taking a particular drug. There is no way to ensure that they will get all of the information about the benefits or, more importantly, about the side effects of a drug. It occurs too often where a doctor prescribes a drug without knowing this information and the results are less than optimum for the patient. The risk is increased when a patient hears about a drug from an advertisement and tries to get his doctor to prescribe it. Patients end up selling the idea that they should be taking the drug to their doctors. Many doctors buckle far too easily under that pressure. The results are that many people end up taking drugs that not only aren't helping them, but are harming them. The door needs to be slammed shut on the possibility of this occurring by ending direct advertising of prescription drugs to the consumer.