2005N-0354 Consumer-Directed Promotion of Regulated Medical Products; Part 15 Public Hearing
FDA Comment Number : EC322
Submitter : Mr. Trevor Davis Date & Time: 12/09/2005 10:12:13
Organization : Mr. Trevor Davis
Category : Individual Consumer
Issue Areas/Comments
To Whom It May Concern (and that?s everyone):

I take great offence that profiteers in this country are permitted to leech off of the American people's fears and insecurities by promoting prescription drugs under false pretences. Regardless of the fact that there is LITTLE to NO legitimacy in the claims most of these drug companies make (such as unsubstantiated claims of "chemical imbalance"), THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ARE NOT EXPERTS IN THE FIELD OF MENTAL HEALTH! It is immoral and irresponsible to advertise these drugs directly to the American people.

Anti-depressants and the like are touted as the solutions to one's doldrums as a scientific fact. It is NOT scientific fact depression has any source physiologically. If a person believes that to be the case and wants to pop pills to "solve" his problems, that is an issue he may take up with a psychiatrist on a one-on-one basis. These ubiquitous advertisements, however, presuppose that depression and the like are undeniably biological -- discrediting any personal confront of trauma: through other forms of therapy, meditation, prayer, dietary changes, etc.

Thus, if you?re a person has had a bad couple of weeks, they jump to a self-diagnosis, and doctors in the field are all too happy to assign drugs as a solution. This is despite the fact that -- unlike Cancer, high-blood-pressure or AIDS -- depression is NOT something that can be OBJECTIVELY viewed under a microscope or the like, but must be diagnosed based on SUBJECTIVE observation and interview of the patient.

In this way, I find that the conditioning of the American people, through advertising, to the idea that biological depression is SCIENTIFIC FACT is morally reprehensible and irresponsible. After all, the more a person hears false advertising, the more they are conditioned to accept it as a given. I view this profiteering as cripplingly subversive brainwashing, AND IT IS UNACCEPTABLE.

Most Sincerely,
Trevor Davis