To: The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
FDA: Stop Misleading Pharmaceutical Advertising for Antidepressants
The advertising for antidepressant pills is misleading and harmful to the public, and must be removed from television
Why is this important?
It has been known for a long time that antidepressant pills are made to correct a chemical imbalance once thought to exist in clinical depression. Despite the medical establishment being aware that this is not the cause of depression, the pharmaceutical companies are still permitted to sell their products to the public and create customers for these products. They are permitted by the FDA to use direct marketing to the public via television advertising. This is misleading, fraudulent, and a health risk to the public. .
Statistics for antidepressant use we found, range from up to 20% of Americans are on an antidepressant to 7 out of 10 Americans are on at least one pill of some type. Of those on one pill, many of them are on an antidepressants. This means, that many Americans are being given a diagnosis of clinical depression and being placed on a pill that will not heal their illness. Other statistics to be aware of, are that 60% of individuals on antidepressants (SSRI's) have sexual dysfunction, and it has been found that antidepressants work no better than the placebo effect. For individual stories go to www.ssristories.com
Please join us in getting this misleading and fraudulent advertising off of television. This is as a step in the right direction to stop fooling Americans into becoming pharmaceutical company customers for something that will not help them properly, and may harm them. Thank you.