Presently, more people are finding out the benefits of natural supplements and comparing them to conventional medicines. The Inquisitr understands this importance and has reported on natural ways (in which natural supplements are used) to manage certain conditions. This includes seven ways to naturally treat ADHD, seven ways to naturally prevent a heart attack, and even natural ways to treat rheumatoid arthritis. However, the one natural supplement that received the most importance is Vitamin D, which may be linked to preventing tuberculosis.
As time goes by, we are learning more benefits for said natural supplements. However, it seems certain parties — either organizations or individuals — don’t want people to know their benefits compared to conventional medicine. As a matter of fact, there is a new law fining $2.3 million to those who tell the truth about natural supplements.
According to an article by Natural Society and followed up by Endo Riot, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a “guidance document” hitting anyone who sells natural, non-patent supplements with a $2.3 million price tag. This also includes natural supplements that are backed by plenty of research, too. Apparently, the new price tag is connected to the Investigational New Drug application (IND), despite the fact that supplements are technically not drugs, but usually plants and herbs.
This new law, however, is in direct violation to the terms of the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act of 1994 (DSHEA). As listed in the act, supplements with established ingredients — those sold in the United States prior to 1994 — can be marketed without any evidence that they are effective or safe. Sadly, many organizations take advantage of this act and provide a wide array of supplements with misleading claims. That negative aside, the question is this: should the FDA should regulate herbs and vitamins?
The regulation may possibly be a way to make all natural supplements illegal. Health Freedom Alliance included in their report on the new law, the IND by the FDA. From what was explained, natural supplements will require the following to even be considered for investigation.
- A general investigational plan
- Information and completed forms about the investigators
- Study protocols
- Chemistry, manufacturing, and controls (CMC) information about the drug substance and the drug product
- Animal pharmacological and toxicological studies and any prior human experience.
Just from the requirements above, almost all natural supplements wouldn’t qualify. Most studies on natural supplements are done independently in universities. To the FDA, such studies are not feasible.
Now that you’ve read the news on the new law on natural supplements and the $2.3 million fine that comes with it, what are your views? Do you think the fine is of a valid reason that hasn’t been reported? If so, what is the valid reason? If not, do you think this is the government’s way of shunting out natural supplements in favor of conventional medicine?
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