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FDA Homeopathic Crackdown Targets Riskiest Remedies

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By    |   Wednesday, 20 December 2017 11:22 AM

The FDA is planning a homeopathic crackdown that targets the riskiest remedies that offer no proven benefit to patients and are considered unsafe.

According to CNN, no homeopathic drugs are currently approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, and there is no proof of their safety or effectiveness, but they are being used to treat serious illnesses such as cancer.

In response, the FDA on Monday revealed a new risk-based approach to regulate homeopathic treatments.

"In recent years, we've seen a large uptick in products labeled as homeopathic that are being marketed for a wide array of diseases and conditions, from the common cold to cancer," said FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb in a statement.

"In many cases, people may be placing their trust and money in therapies that may bring little to no benefit in combating serious ailments, or worse – that may cause significant and even irreparable harm because the products are poorly manufactured, or contain active ingredients that aren't adequately tested or disclosed to patients."

Homeopathy has grown over the years as a popular alternative medicine choice and has been embraced by a number of U.S. citizens.

According to Fortune, treatments are based on the concept that the introduction of small doses of natural substances into the system could cause disease symptoms and some believe may help fight the disease itself.

Critics have said there is no scientific evidence to support homeopathic theories, National Public Radio said, and they have been vocal about concerns that products could be contaminated with dangerous substances.

Gottlieb said that, while the FDA respected the fact that many preferred to use alternative treatments, it had a responsibility "to protect the public from products that may not deliver any benefit and have the potential to cause harm."

The National Center for Homeopathy, a nonprofit based in New Jersey, said it hoped the FDA's proposed crackdown on treatments would not impede access to homeopathic remedies, CNN reported.

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