Ahvaz petition to stop regulating CAM

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Whyohwhy (July 21, 2014, 12:40:30 PM):
I tend to agree, there won't necessarily be any attempt at comliance, however, at least there will be legislation to stop pharmacies from selling the stuff - though apparently even the stuff that is currently illegal can be bought openly on pharmacy shelves. Perhaps CAM believers just need to be rubbed in coconut oil, it is the current cure all, so maybe it will cure them of their gullibility?
Hermes (July 21, 2014, 14:04:52 PM):
The main thrust of the legislation is not to ban harmless medication, but to ensure that it is properly labelled.

Shelves of leading retailers, including Clicks and Dis-Chem, carry hundreds of products such as homeopathic pills and aromatherapy oils that should carry labels informing customers their claimed benefits have not been evaluated by the Medicines Control Council (MCC) and that they are not intended to diagnose, treat or cure any disease.


The Avaaz petition is misleading.
brianvds (July 21, 2014, 14:32:46 PM):
The main thrust of the legislation is not to ban harmless medication, but to ensure that it is properly labelled.

Shelves of leading retailers, including Clicks and Dis-Chem, carry hundreds of products such as homeopathic pills and aromatherapy oils that should carry labels informing customers their claimed benefits have not been evaluated by the Medicines Control Council (MCC) and that they are not intended to diagnose, treat or cure any disease.




Now that I do not have too much of a problem with.
Mefiante (July 21, 2014, 15:29:06 PM):
A careful reading of that article reveals that the November 2013 amendments to the Medicines and Related Substances Act do indeed cover regulatory aspects of CAM preparations, specifically in terms of correct categorisation and criteria for registration with the MCC. It’s one thing selling high-priced vials of homoeopathic water; it’s quite another selling things like untested HIV and cancer cures or mercury-laden fish oils or silymarin-suffused liver destroyers disguised as “natural” milk thistle. These constitute regulatory aspects — the more critical ones — that the amendments were intended to address and which the woo merchants are resisting.

'Luthon64
BoogieMonster (July 21, 2014, 15:37:25 PM):
Of course, it's in the interests of de-regulation that my favourite herbal remedy is now under scrutiny of being de-criminalized. We wouldn't want to introduce any legislation to prevent that from happening, now do we?

Quote from: Doug Stanhope
All illegal narcotics are medicinal. Boredom is a disease worse than cancer. Drugs cure it, with little or no side effects if used as directed

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