Wednesday, December 20, 2017

NPR: FDA Will Crack Down on Homeopathy In Part

here, more bad news for pseudopharmacy:

001. at, we're told in "Food And Drug Administration Plans Crackdown On Risky Homeopathic Remedies" (2017-12-19):

"the Food and Drug Administration said it plans to crack down on the sale of some homeopathic products [...] to protect the public from dangerous products [...] homeopathy is an ancient practice based on the idea that small traces of substances that cause diseases can actually be used to treat illness [...] critics have long charged that there is no scientific evidence to support homeopathy and that some homeopathic products could be dangerous";

ancient is the wrong word for something invented about 220 years ago.  You'd have to be 2200 years ago to be ancient.  And of course its premise is implausible.

"FDA officials stressed that the agency had no intention of requiring most homeopathic products that are on the market to undergo formal FDA review, however, or to remove most homeopathic products [...]";

no, because homeopathy has a sweet deal: permitted absurdity.

"'I think that it's about time that these snake oil salesmen were held accountable for what they're selling,' says Paul Offit, a pediatrician at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. 'The consumer will clearly benefit' [...]";

hear, hear.

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