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FDA Weighs Tighter Regulation of Homeopathic Medicines

Posted 21 Apr 2015 by

TUESDAY, April 21, 2015 – Homeopathic treatments could receive greater scrutiny from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in the near future, as their growing popularity has led some critics to call for tighter regulation. The FDA on Tuesday wrapped up two days of public hearings on homeopathic treatments, in which the agency took testimony on whether it should regulate the natural remedies the way it does over-the-counter drugs. If it does, the makers of homeopathic medicines would have to demonstrate the safety and effectiveness of their products before they could be sold in drug stores and natural food shops. The FDA would also review each products' labeling, to weed out false or misleading claims. The agency last reviewed its regulation of homeopathic products in 1988, when it issued a policy guide that allowed the natural remedies to be placed on shelves without any pre-market ... Read more

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