Here’s the post I sent to the FDA regarding the reclassification of supplements and alternative therapies as drugs:
Re: Docket No. 2006D-0480. Draft Guidance for Industry on Complementary and Alternative Medicine Products and Their Regulation by the Food and Drug Administration. A resounding “NO!!!!” to the FDA’s idea of reclassifying nutritional supplements, herbs, essential oils, homeopathic medicine or any other “complementary” or “alternative” modality subject as drugs. A sizable percentage of the US population depends on vitamins and supplements to maintain health, especially in the cases where drugs have side effects that cannot be tolerated. Restricting our access to these supplements would only cause a huge drain on the health care system and the purchase of unnecessary drugs in cases where supplements do a better and safer job. As a user of these alternatives myself, I know my pain and suffering would increase as would a feeling of powerlessness and loss of options over controlling my disease. I hope this reclassification idea is not a ploy to make the pharmaceutical companies richer.