FDA has laid the ground work to declare illegal all homeopathy - a system of medicine used safely for hundreds of years by hundreds of millions of people - a move which ultimately threatens all holistic medicine. Perhaps the real reason is that homeopathy has grown to be the second largest system of medicine in the world and recent research shows it’s far more effective - and safe - in treating certain cancers than anything the drug companies have to offer.
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The policy comes in the form of a guidance document, which lays out the FDA’s current position on the regulation of homeopathic drugs.
In the guidance, the FDA says:
- Any homeopathic drug that has not been considered “generally recognized as safe and effective” (GRAS/E) is considered a new drug;
- FDA has not determined that any homeopathic drugs are GRAS/E;
- A new drug cannot be marketed unless it goes through the FDA’s approval process;
- No homeopathic drugs have gone through FDA approval nor can any producer afford to take them through the approval process.
That’s right: in one fell swoop, the FDA has declared that virtually every single homeopathic drug on the market is being sold illegally.
The guidance explains that the agency will apply a risk-based regulatory approach that will prioritize enforcement actions against only certain products that present safety concerns.
The FDA also says that it recognizes that many homeopathic drugs fall outside of these categories and does not intend to take action against such products, but the writing is on the wall. If it wants to, the FDA could go after any homeopathic drug currently on the market.
Write to the FDA and tell them that the rules on the books are fine and homeopathy is overwhelmingly safe.