A new ruling finally requires homeopathic ‘treatments’ to obey the same labeling standards as real medicines

Nov 19, 2016

By Lindsay Dodgson

The Federal Trade Commission issued a statement this month which said that homeopathic remedies have to be held to the same standard as other products that make similar claims. In other words, American companies must now have reliable scientific evidence for health-related claims that their products can treat specific conditions and illnesses.

In the US and UK, drug manufacturers have to show that their products are effective by performing double-blind scientific studies with control groups. These show whether the drug is superior to a placebo at treating a condition or not.

The new policy statement called the Enforcement Policy Statement on Marketing Claims for Over-the-Counter (OTC) Homeopathic Drugs states that “the case for efficacy is based solely on traditional homeopathic theories and there are no valid studies using current scientific methods showing the product’s efficacy.”


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10 comments on “A new ruling finally requires homeopathic ‘treatments’ to obey the same labeling standards as real medicines

  • The new policy statement called the Enforcement Policy Statement on Marketing Claims for Over-the-Counter (OTC) Homeopathic Drugs
    states that
    “the case for efficacy is based solely on traditional homeopathic theories

    In terms of a medical product ..

    and there are no valid studies using current scientific methods showing the product’s efficacy.”

    and in the context of references to scientific testing,
    this is a gross misuse of the term “theory”!

    “the case for efficacy is based solely on traditional homeopathic folk-law”!



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  • Well, this seems to spell the actual end of homeopathy or at least a marked shift in what they are allowed to claim. Understand, people will still use the shit, out of sheer ignorance or desperation. However, I do consider this a victory for reason and science.



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  • Roedy #3
    Nov 20, 2016 at 11:32 am

    Now let’s add “miracle healing oil” or “prosperity handkerchiefs”.

    The woo-head faith-in-nonsense claims, also need critical scrutiny and debunking in many other countries.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-38051923

    A South Africa pastor who sprays his congregation with insecticide has been widely condemned.

    In a Facebook post, self-proclaimed prophet Lethebo Rabalago claims a pesticide called Doom can heal people.

    The company that produces Doom warned of the risks of spraying the substance, while a government commission urged anyone affected to lodge complaints.

    But the pastor has defended his actions, telling the BBC he is using unconventional methods to heal people.

    The country has seen a wave of practices where church members have been subjected to unorthodox rituals to receive healing.

    In photos circulating on Facebook and Twitter, Mr Rabalago, who runs the Mountzion General Assembly in the Limpopo province, is seen spraying the insecticide directly into the eyes and various body parts of his congregants.

    He told the BBC’s Nomsa Maseko in Johannesburg that he had sprayed the face of one woman because she had an eye infection and claimed the woman was “just fine because she believed in the power of God”.

    He also claims the spray can heal cancer and HIV.



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  • http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-35362567

    Why some African governments are clamping down on churches

    Some governments and organisations in Africa are starting to think churches should be held accountable to a being other than God.

    Of concern to many with interests in the Christian faith are the “prophet of God” or “man of God” churches.

    These are led by self-proclaimed prophets or messengers who are believed by their millions of devoted followers to have the power to perform a range of miracles from healing the sick, curing Aids and even raising the dead.

    But who dares take on these seemingly untouchable men?

    Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta recently called for the regulation of churches.

    The government there says the move is aimed at stamping out bogus churches.

    “They are thieves and not preachers. We have to consult and know how to remove them,” the president is quoted as saying by Kenyan newspaper Daily Nation.

    When approached for comment on the scepticism around their sometimes bizarre practices, the response is often a variation of “we are being targeted” or “the Bible says the man of God will face opposition. Christ himself faced opposition”.

    As usual the deluded egotists and charlatans, have glib answers at the ready, – and uneducated gullible followers who will swallow them!



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  • 1825: Dr.Hans Burch Gram, MD, a Danish physician introduced homeopathy in USA
    1844: American Institute of Homeopathy was established
    1854: Abraham Lincoln, before Lincoln was elected president, he as a lawyer prepared a state legislative proposal to charter a homeopathic medical college in Chicago.
    1938: The manufacturing, labelling, marketing and sales of homeopathic products have been subject to FDA guidance and compliance since 1938
    But now the FTC has come into play and ordered changes in labelling of homeopathic medicines.



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  • Dr Nancy Malik #6
    Nov 30, 2016 at 11:06 pm

    1825: Dr.Hans Burch Gram, MD, a Danish physician introduced homeopathy in USA
    1844: American Institute of Homeopathy was established
    1854: Abraham Lincoln, before Lincoln was elected president, he as a lawyer prepared a state legislative proposal to charter a homeopathic medical college in Chicago.

    I’ll just add a little to bring you further up to date!

    https://explorable.com/discovery-of-pasteurization

    1862 to 1877 (Pasteur As a Biologist)
    Pasteur with his research and ingenious experiments on fermentation rejected the long prevailing spontaneous generation theory. In his paper in 1862, he explained that airborne dust carried the germs of yeasts and microorganisms present during the fermentation process. And even the most perishable liquids could be preserved if they were kept away from these germs. Through different innovative yet simple experiments involving grapes, fermentable solutions and swan-neck flask he clinched the spontaneous generation argument.

    The discovery of the germ theory of disease remains the pinnacle of Louis Pasteur’s scientific career. With his use of microbiology for medicine and surgery he proved that many diseases were caused by the presence of foreign microorganisms. In that connection, he carefully studied and discovered various infectious diseases such as staphylococcus, streptococcus and pneumococcus. He prescribed methods of attenuating microbe virulence (chicken cholera and sheep anthrax). He followed his discovery of germ theory with the utilization of vaccines to prevent diseased like cholera, anthrax and swine erysipelas.

    With his analysis and treatment methods for infectious diseases, Pasteur established the immunology branch of science.

    In 1867, Joseph Lister championed the use of carbolic acid as an antiseptic, such that it became the first widely used antiseptic in surgery. (wikipedia.org/wiki/Joseph_Lister,_1st_Baron_Lister)

    We could move on to more modern discoveries, but I’ll let you catch up with these ones first!



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  • Meanwhile, I see there are challenges to other exploiters of the sick!

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-australia-38153254

    Martin Shkreli: Australian boys recreate life-saving drug

    The man who sparked outrage last year by hiking the price of a life-saving drug may have met his match in some Australian schoolboys.

    US executive Martin Shkreli became a symbol of greed when he raised the price of a tablet of Daraprim from $13.50 (£11) to $750.

    Now, Sydney school students have recreated the drug’s key ingredient for just $20.

    Daraprim is an anti-parasitic drug used by malaria and Aids patients.

    Martin Shkreli: ‘The most hated man in America’

    The Sydney Grammar boys, all 17, synthesised the active ingredient, pyrimethamine, in their school science laboratory.

    “It wasn’t terribly hard but that’s really the point, I think, because we’re high school students,” one boy, Charles Jameson, told the BBC.

    The students produced 3.7 grams of pyrimethamine for $20. In the US, the same quantity would cost up to $110,000.

    In most countries, including Australia and Britain, the drug retails for less than $1.50 per pill.



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  • Meanwhile in the UK the NHS has a competition watchdog to deal with profiteering abuses by big pharma!

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-38233852

    Pfizer fined record £84.2m for overcharging NHS

    Drugs giant Pfizer has been fined a record £84.2m by the UK’s competition watchdog for overcharging the NHS for an anti-epilepsy drug.

    The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) also fined distributor Flynn Pharma £5.2m for the 2,600% overnight price increase for the drug in 2012.

    NHS spending on the capsules, used by 48,000 UK patients, rose from £2m a year in 2012 to about £50m in 2013.

    Pfizer rejected the findings and said it would appeal against the decision.

    UK prices for the drug were many times higher than in Europe, the CMA said.

    Philip Marsden of the CMA said: “The companies deliberately exploited the opportunity offered by de-branding to hike up the price for a drug which is relied upon by many thousands of patients.

    “These extraordinary price rises have cost the NHS and the taxpayer tens of millions of pounds.”

    Before 2012, Pfizer manufactured and distributed the drug, which was branded Epanutin.

    Pfizer then sold the UK rights to distribute the phenytoin sodium capsules to Flynn Pharma, which de-branded the drug.

    That allowed the firms to charge more for the drug because it was no longer subject to a pricing scheme agreed between the NHS and the drugs industry, the CMA said.

    Ah! The beloved DEREGULATED monopoly of the “free-enterprise” profiteer!



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