2005N-0354 Consumer-Directed Promotion of Regulated Medical Products; Part 15 Public Hearing
FDA Comment Number : EC396
Submitter : Ms. Rita Aberg Date & Time: 12/14/2005 11:12:14
Organization : Ms. Rita Aberg
Category : Drug Industry
Issue Areas/Comments
I don't wish to see anymore commercials for drugs as the answer to curing a person from depression. Drugs mask the issue. They don't solve it. This gives a wrong message to everyone and causes more of a drug dependency. Any kind of a dependency on drugs is not a good thing, especially psychiatric drugs. There have been more and more links to taking psychiatric drugs and crime or insane behavior. Drugs turn people into robots who can't operate without them. Is this the kind of message we want to purvey to the public at large, especially young people? How about a commercial that shows how a good hour of hard work or just taking a walk does a lot for ones morale and makes them feel better?

Drug companies make a lot of money from selling drugs, just like tobacco and alcoholic beverage companies do. This has gone way too far. Every other TV commercial is drug related or disease related. It is depressing to watch this, which is probably the desired effect so that you would want to run out and buy the drug of choice being promoted.

Please focus on healthier ads on television such as the wonder of going outside to play with your friends or taking a walk in the park or doing volunteer work to help others. This does more for healing than Paxel or Waxel or whatever it is called. What about sitting down and writing a letter to our boys overseas or baking cookies for these same boys in the military? Why not visit a senior center and bring joy to the day of some lonely elderly person?

We tend to focus too much on the negative, especially on television at this time. This breeds more negativity and a feeling of hopelessness. We don't need this in the world at this time.

Please, please, please, please stop the advertising of these psychiatric drugs or any type of medical drugs on television. Doctors are there for that purpose and they prescribe enough drugs already as far as I'm concerned. And many of the commercials are ridiculous as they promote the drug as doing certain things and then they give a list of warnings that would put anyone off from taking it.