We’ve been telling you over the last few years about the recent FDA guidance that threatens the future of homeopathic medicines in the US. Upending decades of safe regulation, FDA released a draft guidance in 2017 that essentially stated that all homeopathic drugs are illegal. ANH-USA, our friends at Americans for Homeopathy Choice, and other stakeholders are working with Representative Ro Khanna (D-CA) to get members of Congress to sign on to a letter to the FDA clarifying how the agency will ensure continued access to important homeopathic medicines. Take action below to urge your member of Congress to support this important initiative!
To recap, the FDA’s guidance document, which lays out the agency’s current position on the regulation of homeopathic drugs, says:
- Any homeopathic drug that has not been considered “generally recognized as safe and effective” (GRAS/E) is considered a new drug;
- FDA has not determined that any homeopathic drugs are GRAS/E;
- A new drug cannot be marketed unless it goes through the FDA’s approval process;
- No homeopathic drugs have gone through FDA approval nor can any producer afford to take them through the approval process.
The guidance also explains that, while all homeopathic drugs are illegal, the FDA will apply a risk-based enforcement approach. The agency has already begun to apply this doctrine; earlier this year the agency attacked manufacturers of injectable homeopathic medicines.
We know this isn’t about safety. A review of the evidence of adverse events related to homeopathy, which included data from 12 European countries, the US, Mexico, India, Israel and Brazil published between 1978 and 2010, found a total of just 1,159 adverse events. This equates to an average of just over 50 cases per annum across all 17 countries from which studies were conducted. Worldwide, an estimated 200 million people use homeopathy regularly, including 6 million in the United States. These data show that adverse events from homeopathic medicines occur at a very, very low rate.
So why go after homeopathic medicines? The FDA gets a large part of its funding from drug company user fees, and for this reason sees Big Pharma as its client. Homeopathic medicines, like supplements and other natural products, compete with pharmaceutical drugs, so the FDA uses its enormous power to tilt the scales in favor of the drug companies.
35 thoughts on “Pressure Congress on Homeopathy”
Keep homeopathic medicines safe and legal.
Homéopathie is covered by national health systems in most of European countries. What do you expect? This is America.
Our choice, our body!
Please protect homeopathic solutions.
We must protect homeopathy from the FDA’s attempt to destroy it.
Please sign on to Rep. Khanna’s letter to the FDA to preserve our right to use homeopathic medicines as an alternative to Nig Pharma’s drugs.
Allow people to choose natural medicine!!
Leave this alone!
This is safe and effective medicine and there are no issues or problems with it’s use. Please protect our right to use non-pharmaceuticals.
Leave it alone!
As a licensed allopathic physician and a trained homeopathic practitioner, I have used homeopathics for nearly twenty years with very good results and without any adverse effects. I had exceptional results with injectables when they were available in the USA, until 2010 when they were disallowed. To remove homeopathics from the medical arsenal merely for profit, negates the whole purpose of putting the patient first. It is one of many reasons the US continues to rank near the bottom in healthcare among the most developed countries. The first medical schools in this country taught homeopathy because of its benefits. Must Big Pharma profits always win cloaked by the veil of alleged patient safety, when prescription drugs cause a catastrophic amount of morbidity and mortality? One need look only as far as the current opioid crisis to make a point.
We have raised 5 healthy children using homeopathy, and my mother used it while raising me.
Homeopathy has its place in contemporary American medicine, for those of us that like a more “wholesome”, and less aggressive system of health care ! Let’s keep it that way !
We have raised 5 healthy children, using homeopathy. My mother used homeopathy while raising 5 healthy children also.
Homeopathy saves lives!
support is needed in Congress to save homeopathy from the FDA’s overreach
I don’t believe the FDA has the right to in force laws against products that are natural. The FDA and big Pharma work hand-in-hand and are one in the same as far as I can tell. We need to remove these people from the FDA and hire people who understand homeopathic and natural products and what benefits they have on the human body. We should not be forced by big Pharma to only have their options. I have lived most of my life using natural remedies which has helped me to overcome many illnesses.
The FDA has approved many pharmaceutical products that have several side effects and or death. Far more then using homeopathic or supplements.
I urgently ask you to sign onto Rep. Khanna’s letter to the FDA regarding homeopathic remedies. My family has used these remedies for many years and we wish to continue doing so. I am tired of the attacks on safe and effective remedies while dangerous and unproven drugs are pushed and even mandated. Thank you for your attention.
Please sign Rep. Khanna’s letter to the FDA because Homeopathic products need to be available to anyone who needs them. They have helped me with many health concerns through the years!
I am a mother and grandmother and I have used homeopathic medicines until today, for the efficacy and potential health benefits these medicines provide. Homeopathy has been the foundation of health and wellness in my family for decades. I am confident and I strongly encourage Congress to make homeopathic medicines available for all. Thank you. Sincerely, Sandra Kaplan
I safely use some homeopathic medications. The FDA’s blatant funding by drug companies clearly ignores proven worldwide safety of homeopathic medicines. Shutting down U.S. manufacturers of homeopathic medicine isn’t for safety nor our economy. It will require purchasing online from beyond the U.S. and shuts down companies, stores, and homeopathic doctors here in the U.S.
I use Bach homeopathic medicine for sleep and it works. I know of additional uses available with homeopathic medicines. Homeopathic medications in our country are safe without the side effect and long-term problems seen from non-homeopathic drugs, both in their lawsuits and listing of side effects. Even if it is not effective because it is not suited to the user, worldwide results show the individual is extremely unlikely to ever be harmed.
As a Osteopathic Physician for 46 year. In an area 100 miles from tertiary care, a true front line provider. I have seen thousands of drug interaction, side effects and critical interactions of prescription drugs. I am yet to see my first interaction of a homeopathic. YET I HAVE SEEN MARVELOUS RESULTS WITH HOMEOPATHIC. IS IT ONLY THE FEAR OF COMPETITION THE DRUG COMPANY SWINGING DOOR OF THE FDA. HAS OF HOMEOPATHICS. SHOW US THEIR DANGER, GIVE US SOME SOLID REASON TO REMOVE THEM FROM ACCESS.
LISTEN DEM CONGRESS OR SENATE I HAVE TAKEN — GODS MEDICINE THE HE PUT ON OUR EARTH FOR OVER 20 YRS AND HAVEN ‘T BEEN SICK EXCEPT WHEN I HAVE HAD TO TAKE THE DARN CHEMICAL MED AND THE DARN SIDE EFFECTS THAT I END UP THROWING AWAY. ONE OF YOUR DARN CHEMICAL DRUGS ALMOST KILLED MY LIVER AND BEING A RET NURSE. KNEW AND FELT THE EFFECT AND THROW THEM AWAY,. AND IT WASN’T DOWN THE DARN TOILET EITHER. NOW THIS HAS HAPPENED TWICE TO ME AND I KNOW MY BODY BETTER THEN WHAT THE DRS DO.. — THEM AND TRY IT IT MIGHT WORK — IN MY CASE IT IS GENIC SO THE HOMEOPATHIC WORK WITH MY BODY NOT AGAINST IT. SAME GOES FOR THE HERBALS.—— NO DARN SIDE EFFECTS
Member of Congress, I urge you to sign on to Rep. Khanna’s letter to the FDA.
Back off ! Homeopathy medicine is and has been accepted world wide for centuries. It’s time to stand up for the people not the big pharmaceuticals.
I’ve studied and used homeopathy with great effect and success in healing and health enhancement! I’ve also learned that he drug company’s are For Profit and homeopathy is a threat to them! I will NEVER put my well-being in the hands of the FDA!
Please do not permit this FDA guidance initiative to move forward. Preserve homeopathy in its current form. The FDA guidance would destroy homeopathy in this country. It is a safe, effective if controversial treatment, and Americans freedom to avail themselves of it should be preserved. I am greatly concerned that this is FDA’s way of improving sales for Big Pharma, yet again. In my own practice, homeopathy is invaluable and has led to many cures of serious physical and psychological disturbances. It would be disastrous for my patients for its usage to be compromised.
Please save homeopathy from the FDA’s overreach. I know this isn’t about safety. A review of the evidence of adverse events related to homeopathy, which included data from 12 European countries, the US, Mexico, India, Israel and Brazil published between 1978 and 2010, found a total of just 1,159 adverse events. This equates to an average of just over 50 cases per annum across all 17 countries from which studies were conducted. Worldwide, an estimated 200 million people use homeopathy regularly, including 6 million in the United States. These data show that adverse events from homeopathic medicines occur at a very, very low rate.
I urge you to act on behalf of the people, and not money. Homeopathic medicine is an all natural way for people to be treated with low to no side effects. The only reason that this is even an issue is because in my own opinion, the big guys we hired to take care of us and things and not getting kickbacks, or money in short, from these products. It is wrong. All natural remedies are what we used traditionally. Everyone is bound to find one thing or another that does not agree with their body chemistry. But it is not even comparable to the remedies the pharmaceutical companies have. I agree with this petition in saying that it really is all about money and since whomever is making money from pharmaceutical companies, sees this as a threat because people are moving in the direction of all natural along with so much more in other area outside of this.
Elected officials, authority figures, are in the position they are because we hired them, and are counting on them to do right. Be ethical. Public servants. This shows that the system needs a change.
We will fight as much as needed to speak out against what we actually want as we are the ones who you work for and are supposed to be protecting and doing only the best for. Along with many other subjects.
Take money out of the equation and do the ethical and right thing. One day things will be very different where public servants are really that and genuinely there for the people and earth and animals and I await that day as we continue on to fight against each thing that so many of us disagree with. And that is not counting all people who do not take the time to do what I and all these other people are doing right now.
This has to change. Don’t make this a communist country where we are forced more and more to go against what we actually want when we are the ones who you need to be listening to.
Do the right thing.
I am afflicted with Multiple Chemical Sensitivities, and sensitivities to various foods and to many inhalants in the air.
I am a disabled Vietnam Era Veteran.
The only way I am able to function at an acceptable level is with the use of Homeopathic Injectables. As far as GRAS/E for Homeopathic Injectables, I have been using them with great results, and with almost total positive management of symptoms since 1991, thirty years now.
I have also gained great benefit from homeopathic sublingual drops, and homeopathic sublingual pellets. For my severe allergies, shots developed from R.A.S.T. testing serve only to exacerbate my reactions. If homeopathic remedies become unavailable, I am left with NO defense against my sensitivities, and my present state of VA disability becomes compounded.
throughout history medical doctors have been known as quacks while homeopaths are the real deal
We take homopathic remedies for allergies and other ailments. They must stay in the market for the betterment of our health. We must protect homeopathy from the FDA’s attempt to destroy it
Please sign on to Rep. Khanna’s letter to the FDA
This is safe, inexp medicine given by certified, Highly trained practitioners.
It must stand. It is critical to animal and human healing and rebalancing. thank you
All Dr. recommended homeopathy should be covered!
Cover all medical expense