The Food & Drug Administration (FDA) announces a ‘zero tolerance’ policy against homeopathic drugs without proven treatment value…
They (FDA officials) backhandedly affirmed the right for the public to use alternative health treatments. Yet, they put more emphasis upon their responsibility (as they interrupt it) “to protect the public from products that may not deliver any benefit and have the potential to cause harm.”
In a FDA press release on 12/18/2017, they proposed new regulations that would:
…prioritize enforcement and regulatory actions involving unapproved drug products labeled as homeopathic that have the greatest potential to cause risk to patients. Under this approach, many homeopathic products will likely fall outside the risk-based categories described in the new draft guidance and will remain available to consumers…”
Vague, you bet!
If the eventual laws remain as murky, it’s just the kinda language tort attorneys love to take advantage of. I’m thinking open season against just about any company making a profit from hawking nutritional supplements that aren’t FDA sanctioned.
In principle, I support the FDA’s role of public protection.
In practice though, as large bureaucratic organizations tend to, one hand doesn’t know what the other hand is up to. I mean, why else would so many FDA approved drugs cause more health problems than they supposedly solved? ( Click the blue link to see some examples: List Of Withdrawn FDA Approved Drugs )
Anyway, for a more detailed look at what FDA plans to focus on, and learn how you can possibly influence their plans, click on the following blue link: FDA Going After Alternative Health Remedies
BTW: you may find the FDA’s mandate interesting reading (I did): This from Food & Drug Administration themselves:
The FDA, an agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, protects the public health by assuring the safety, effectiveness, and security of human and veterinary drugs, vaccines and other biological products for human use, and medical devices.
The agency also is responsible for the safety and security of our nation’s food supply, cosmetics, dietary supplements, products that give off electronic radiation, and for regulating tobacco products.”
Winners and Losers In The GOP Tax Bill:
Why does every newly elected U.S. president have to come up with their own version of domestic economic distortion and label the resulting mess as ‘fair and balanced’, or some such hyperbole?
Oh yeah. They’ve gotta pay off their obligations to the backroom dudes that got them elected, don’t they?
With that caveat in mind, the people’s choice, our newest president, Mr. Donald Duck Trump’s newly passed tax bill shouldn’t surprise anyone…
It’s complicated (503 pages) and riddled with holes gaping enough to keep tax attorney’s businesses booming until the next president starts the whole deal over again.
One of the bigger benefactors of the proposed bill is, yeah, you guessed it: Real Estate Investors: the source of Trump’s billions.
How’s that for fair and equitable, Kids?
Luckily, the bill seems to do pretty good by me, so I’m not complaining. Yet, it’s a far cry from the promises made on the campaign trail. Yeah, I know, once you’re elected, the rules of the road change, and all that cynicism…
Anyway, for a fast, and interesting, read on what the bill brings to some and takes away from others, click on the following blue link: US tax bill: Winners and losers
Famous People We’ve Lost in 2017:
Don’t you get a glimmer of the ‘Grim Reaper’ when people younger than you die from old age?
Here’s a very short list of some of the famous people, younger than me, who died in 2017:
- Malcolm Young, rhythm guitarist, who, with his brother Angus, started my favorite rock band AC/DC, died at age 64. May he RIP!
- Tom Petty, who was also a pretty decent guitar player died at age 66.
- Pat DiNizio, the lead singer and songwriter of the New Jersey rock band The Smithereens, died on Dec. 12, 2017 at the age of 62!
- Singer and songwriter, Gord Downie of Canadian band The Tragically Hip was only 53.
And, those were just musicians you may have heard of.
2017 was also a bad year for Mary Tyler Moore, Fats Domino, Roger Moore, Delta Reese and fellow Kentuckian, my favorite character actor, Harry Dean Stanton…
Until next time: