The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has scheduled a meting on regulating homeopathic products. Following the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) regulatory meeting on homeopathic medicines, the FTC has now announced a workshop on homeopathic advertising, entitled Homeopathic Medicine and Advertising, an FTC Workshop. This meeting, as well as the FDA meeting, focus on over-the-counter homeopathic medicines.
FDA meeting in April 2015
In April, the FDA called a meeting entitled, “Homeopathic Product Regulation: Evaluating FDA’s Regulatory Framework After a Quarter-Century.” Speakers included the a variety of homeopathic, the Homeopathic Pharmacopoeia Convention of the United States, the American Institute of Homeopathy and other homeopathic associations such as the North American Society of Homeopaths, and the National Center of Homeopathy. This meeting pertained to the regulation of homeopathic medicines and review of the previous regulations, which were last updated in 1988.
The FTC meeting concerning homeopathic medicines
The FTC workshop is entitled, Homeopathic Medicine and Advertising. It will be held at the Constitution Center in Washington DC., on September 21, 2015. The meeting hopes to bring together, “a variety of stakeholders, including medical professionals, industry representatives, consumer advocates, and government regulators.” The public is invited to present research or recommentaions of topics. Speakers and interested in participating on the panel was welcome to make a request at [email protected]. The workshop is open to the public and is free. Requests need to be received by August 1, 2015.
What are homeopathic medicines?
Homeopathy is a system of medicine that was named by Samuel Hahnemann, a medical doctor from Germany. Used in clinical practice for over 200 years, homeopathic medicines are prescribed by trained homeopaths. Some homeopathic remedies, and those in questions at these hearings, are available over-the-counter, to treat self-limiting acute diseases, such as colds and flu, ear aches, gout, and poison ivy. Homeopathic remedies are sold in health food and specialty food shops. Testimony at the FDA hearing from the people who supply wholesale homeopathic remedies to CVS and Walmart reported no adverse events with those taking over-the-counter homeopathic remedies.
Contact info for the meeting:
Request participation or topics by Aug 1, 2015.
Address of workshop
400 7th St SW
Washington, DC 20024
About the author:
Melanie Grimes, CCH, is a writer, health educator and homeopath. She is a member of the Association of Health Care Journalists. She has taught at Bastyr University and lectured internationally. Follow her blog at MelanieGrimes.com. To order professional quality vitamins, like detox products, visit her online vitamin shop at https://www.healthwavehq.com/welcome/mgrimes.