2005N-0354 Consumer-Directed Promotion of Regulated Medical Products; Part 15 Public Hearing
FDA Comment Number : EC295
Submitter : Mr. Kevin Hall Date & Time: 12/09/2005 10:12:54
Organization : Mr. Kevin Hall
Category : Individual Consumer
Issue Areas/Comments
Dear FDA:
Thank you for this hearing my problem isn't so much that drug companies advertise, but in the case of psychiatric drugs, the FDA allows them to lie through their teeth.
These lies include:
1. that psychiatric drugs handle a "chemical imbalance of the brain" or similarly, "correct neurotransmitter levels", etc. and;
2. that psychiatric drugs are safe (lie) and effective (lie).
Regarding #1 above, psychiatrists don't know what a proper chemical imblance so therefore cannot say what is an improper balance, especially when they have no such tests to diagnose a brain's chemical balance.
In regards to #2 above, these drugs have many severe effects and side effects so are not safe. The FDA approves these psychiatric drugs although they barely beat out the placebo and often lose out to excercise in helping depression.
It's time you, the FDA, stop allowing the lies as opposed to looking at the Unconstitutional alternative solution of denying the freedom of speech to advertise.
Please let me know by return email that you understand my comments.
Kevin Hall
Quincy, Massachusetts