2005N-0354 Consumer-Directed Promotion of Regulated Medical Products; Part 15 Public Hearing
FDA Comment Number : EC74
Submitter : Mrs. Kathy Sweigart Date & Time: 12/07/2005 06:12:52
Organization : Mrs. Kathy Sweigart
Category : Drug Association
Issue Areas/Comments
Ads promoting the random use of drugs, especially psychotropic drugs, should not be allowed. Like Camel cigarettes using cartoons to sell tobacco products, which have deadly consequences with long term use, the anti-depressants use cartoons to depict a person becoming happier on drugs. Yet they also have deadly consequences, including suicide and psychotic episodes where a person on those drugs detatches himself from reality and commits murder -- witness the school shootings, mothers who kill their children while on anti-depressants, etc. What misleading advertising -- especially for children! Drugs have harmful side effects -- all drugs have contraindications -- the public should not be sold the idea drug medications are as harmless as candy. All drugs should be used with great caution and only via a discriminating and ethical professional doctor. The advertising tactics make the drugs seem common, acceptable and 'everyone does it'. It is what advertising intends to do -- make the general public want. Now we are making the general public WANT drugs. Is that what this society needs? Is this survival? A nation of people on drugs? While we tell our children 'Dare to say no to drugs' on one hand, we put them on drugs and sell them the idea of drugs via cartoons and other forms of messages on TV and in magazines. This is very hypocritical. Let's all say 'no' to drugs -- except in valid medical emergencies. Kathy Sweigart