2005N-0354 Consumer-Directed Promotion of Regulated Medical Products; Part 15 Public Hearing
FDA Comment Number : EC41
Submitter : Ms. Wendy Bolt Date & Time: 11/18/2005 02:11:36
Organization : Ms. Wendy Bolt
Category : Individual Consumer
Issue Areas/Comments
In my opinion, drugs should NEVER be directly marketed to consumers. They were marketed only to practitioners for many years and with good reason. The general public is the WRONG target for these ads. The public does NOT prescribe drugs, doctors do. In addition, these ads create a desire for drugs and misinform the public on numerous conditions that are purported to be diseases, but are in fact not diseases, but symptoms. Some of the drugs should be banned outright, particularly SSRI/SNRI type drugs and any psychotropic drugs. These drugs are DANGEROUS, on every conceivable level. In my opinion, black box warnings are not enough. The drugs are ineffective and are being shown to have deleterious side effects, including violence resulting in suicide and/or murder. Drug companies have incorrectly misled people to believe that depression and other "mental illness" is caused by a "chemical imbalance." This is a patent lie. No such thing has ever been proved. In fact, very little is known about how the brain works with regard to neurotransmitters, and it is not known if there is or if so, what is the "normal" level of any certain neurotransmitter.

Another problem I have is with cold and flu medications being promoted heavily in the fall and winter. In my opinion, these ads create a false "cold and flu season" which would never occur without the ads. The viruses are in the environment year round, there is no logical reason there should be a "cold and flu season" except for the fact of these ads.

Again, I am strongly against the promotion of any drugs, particularly those mentioned, to the general public, as it is the wrong public and it is not ethical or moral to do so.