2005N-0354 Consumer-Directed Promotion of Regulated Medical Products; Part 15 Public Hearing
FDA Comment Number : EC356
Submitter : Mrs. Jennifer Tarling Date & Time: 12/09/2005 11:12:59
Organization : Mrs. Jennifer Tarling
Category : Individual Consumer
Issue Areas/Comments
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. Psychiatric drugs handle a 'chemical imbalance of the brain' or similarly, 'correct neurotransmitter levels', etc. and;

2. Psychiatric drugs are safe (lie) and effective (lie).

Regarding #1 above, psychiatrists don't know what a proper chemical imbalance is; therefore, they can't say what an improper balance is, especially when they have no such tests to diagnose a brain's chemical balance.

In regard to #2 above, these drugs have many severe effects and side effects, so they are not safe. The FDA approves these psychiatric drugs, although they barely beat out the placebo, and they are often less effective than a exercise in helping depression.

It is time that you, the FDA, stop allowing the lies as opposed to looking at the Unconstitutional alternative solution of denying the freedom of speech to advertise.

Your emailed response to acknowledge you understand my comments, would be very much appreciated.

Best Regards,

Jennifer Tarling