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News New FTC Homeopathy Marketing Claims Policy

  1. Nov 17, 2016 #1


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    FTC Issues Enforcement Policy Statement Regarding Marketing Claims for Over-the-Counter Homeopathic Drugs

    The U.S. FTC (Federal Trade Commission) dealt a possibly big blow to homeopathic companies a few days ago. After spending the last year or so reviewing their policies regarding homeopathic products, the FTC finally released a statement on November 15th. Here's the main article: https://www.ftc.gov/news-events/pre...orcement-policy-statement-regarding-marketing

    While this is absolutely good news, the new policies still provide a loophole of sorts:

    Basically this means that homeopathic products can continue to be sold with the appropriate labeling mentioned above. So in the end we're still relying on the consumer being scientifically literate enough to recognize a bad product if the label says, "There is no scientific evidence supporting the efficacy of this product."

    The FDA has also been reviewing their policies but has not yet released a statement.

    Another article on this: https://www.sciencebasedmedicine.org/ftc-homeopathy-win/
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  3. Nov 17, 2016 #2
    Moving in the right direction. I've seen too many people get fleeced.
  4. Nov 17, 2016 #3


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    Yeah, and all it took to motivate the regulators was a few dead babies! NBD!
  5. Nov 17, 2016 #4


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    And still people will buy the stuff, even though it's just water.
  6. Nov 18, 2016 #5
    Don't get your hopes up. Just in , Congress intends to pass a stop gap budget bill funding the government only until March. This will allow Trump to get money into his programs in the 2017 budget. This will also allow the congress to break early and give them an opportunity to exercise the Congressional Review Act that allows them to nullify regulations approved within the last 60 legislative days. This now extends back to May because of so many breaks this year. On the docket for nullification are significant changes in the food labeling regulations.
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