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Dave W.
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Posted - 11/16/2016 :  10:25:48  Show Profile  Visit Dave W.'s Homepage Send Dave W. a Private Message  Reply with Quote
FTC Homeopathy Win:
Both agencies had an open comment period, in which the SfSBM submitted rather strong recommendations. Both agencies have the authority to increase their regulation if they choose. It seems to me that this is purely a matter of political will.

Since the comment periods have closed we have been waiting anxiously for both agencies to announce their decisions. This could be, in the best-case scenario, a death blow to the OTC homeopathy industry.

Yesterday the FTC released their decision. Here is the key part:
The policy statement explains that the FTC will hold efficacy and safety claims for OTC homeopathic drugs to the same standard as other products making similar claims. That is, companies must have competent and reliable scientific evidence for health-related claims, including claims that a product can treat specific conditions. The statement describes the type of scientific evidence that the Commission requires of companies making such claims for their products.
That was all they had to do, and all we were asking for. Hold homeopathic products to the same requirement for evidence to back any clinical claims that they make. In essence, all we wanted was for them to do their job. The FTC now seems willing to do just that.

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On fire for Christ
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Posted - 11/26/2016 :  03:33:01   [Permalink]  Show Profile Send On fire for Christ a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Too bad that the FDA is still behind the FTC because liberal lobbyists are so gung ho on quackery

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Dave W.
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Posted - 11/26/2016 :  08:56:22   [Permalink]  Show Profile  Visit Dave W.'s Homepage Send Dave W. a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Yeah, Orrin Hatch is a huge liberal.

And who was it who recently ran on a plank of stripping down the FDA's approval process, which would ensure that more quackery makes it to market?

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ThorGoLucky
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Posted - 11/28/2016 :  11:20:11   [Permalink]  Show Profile  Visit ThorGoLucky's Homepage Send ThorGoLucky a Private Message  Reply with Quote
W00t! ...potentially.
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On fire for Christ
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Posted - 12/02/2016 :  01:01:32   [Permalink]  Show Profile Send On fire for Christ a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Originally posted by Dave W.

Yeah, Orrin Hatch is a huge liberal.

And who was it who recently ran on a plank of stripping down the FDA's approval process, which would ensure that more quackery makes it to market?


Exception proves the rule.

Edited by - On fire for Christ on 12/02/2016 01:02:06
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Dave W.
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Posted - 12/03/2016 :  08:20:06   [Permalink]  Show Profile  Visit Dave W.'s Homepage Send Dave W. a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Originally posted by On fire for Christ

Exception proves the rule.
No, the rule is that homeopathy and other "alt-med" nonsense is driven by corporate profits just like any other industry. It's a $35 billion market, and so long as the right continues to promise lower taxes and decreased regulation, that's where the lobbyists are spending their cash.

Many of the alt-med consumers may be liberals, but if you think liberal legislators are in favor of allowing the sector to run free and wild then you've forgotten that less than eight years ago, liberals were accused of favoring a Nanny State in which all health-care decisions were removed from patients' hands.

No, "health freedom" and the removal of consumer protections are platform planks for conservatives. Any lobbying to increase the market share of homeopathy and other quackery will target the right.

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