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Your gateway to STOP the FDA rubber stamp of ECT

The US Food and Drug Administration wants to give the machine used for electroconvulsive therapy (ECT or electroshock) a rubber stamp of approval without ever having investigated the device for safety or effectiveness. It takes just a moment to say "no" to this reclassification, and time is running out!


Your Deadline: Friday, 8 January 2010!

The FDA is threatening to rubber stamp the ECT device without testing.


It takes just a moment to comment via the FDA web site here:

http://bit.ly/FDAECT

Numbers count!

At least say:

"I oppose the FDA's proposed reclassification of the ECT device to Class II. The FDA should investigate the ECT device for safety. The FDA should call for Pre-Market Approval Applications for the device."

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Electroshock devices run electricity through the head, typically given to older women diagnosed with clinical depression. For decades, the US FDA never got around to investigating the device for safety and efficacy. Rather than do its job, the FDA is now proposing to reclassify the device. The FDA will accept your public comment until Friday, 8 January 2010.

Click here for updated News Release: Say "no" to FDA reclassification of ECT device.

Easy actions you can take online or by postal mail to say "no" to FDA rubber stamping electroshock device.

Click here for background info on campaign to stop FDA rubber stamping of electroshock device, with lots of links.



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