2005N-0354 Consumer-Directed Promotion of Regulated Medical Products; Part 15 Public Hearing
FDA Comment Number : EC312
Submitter : Mr. Andre Afonso Date & Time: 12/09/2005 10:12:36
Organization : Mr. Andre Afonso
Category : Individual Consumer
Issue Areas/Comments
Dear FDA,

Thank you for taking up this issue. It bothers me to see these pharmaceutical company commercials on TV advertizing for new drugs that 'treat' mental disorders. First of all, the disorders that they are talking about are unreal because they say that they stem from a chemical imbalance in the brain and that these drugs cure the imbalance. To say this is ridiculous. How can they say that these drugs do that? It's an outright lie! First of all, if they did take care of the problem, let's say, for Anxiety Disorder, a person on these drugs would of course have no anxiety after taking the drug. That is not the case because people on these drugs exhibit various symptoms, such as being agitated, suicidality, weight gain, insomnia, etc.. So how can they say it 'treats' this disorder, when in actuality, it creates a whole new array of physical and mental complexities. To have these drugs advertized is to prey on the weak, that do have real problems, and to prevent them from getting the mental care that they need.
Andre Afonso