For more than 25 years, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has relied on established clear and enforceable standards for the manufacture and sale of homeopathic medicines in the U.S.
Now the FDA wants to withdraw this standard and replace it with a vague enforcement policy. Without clear guidance on what is legal, regulatory enforcement quickly becomes arbitrary and capricious.
Why is the FDA taking this step? We’re not sure. All the FDA says is that there has been a significant increase in products labeled as homeopathic.
Homeopathic medicines are used by millions of Americans and their kids. These remedies gently stimulate the body to heal itself, and are safe, natural and without side effects.
In an era where the U.S. healthcare system ranks dead last among industrialized nations, based on things like quality of care, access to doctors and equity throughout the country, consumer choice is more important than ever.
Could the FDA be trying to limit access to homeopathic medicines in favor of protecting the $446-billion pharmaceutical industry?
h/t: The Organic Consumers Association