2005N-0354 Consumer-Directed Promotion of Regulated Medical Products; Part 15 Public Hearing
FDA Comment Number : EC45
Submitter : Dr. Ann-Louise Silver Date & Time: 12/07/2005 06:12:28
Organization : ISPS-US -Int Soc Psycholog rx Schizophrenia
Category : International Organization
Issue Areas/Comments
The U.S. Chapter of the International Society for the Psychological treatments of the Schizophrenias and other psychoses has been chronically dismayed by the pharmaceutical industry's intrusion into the "education" of mental health professionals and of consumers, to unsubstantiated "facts" such as "mental illnesses are caused by chemical imbalances" and "schizophrenia is a brain disorder." We would like to see such ads forbidden by the FDA. There is no disorder of the brain that does not resolve once the person regains a sense of security and cohesiveness. Brain abnormalities reflect chronic stress, not inherent defect. Human relatedness is more powerful than expensive and often damaging and addictive chemicals. The psycho-bio-social model has become the bio-bio-bio model. Ads for these products should be banned from the media as are cigarette ads.