The herbal remedy business is booming it seems. More and more people have become disenchanted with the likes of the pharmaceutical industry whom seem to be in and out of court rooms making settlements to patients who have been harmed by their wares. The public, I feel, have also lost faith in the people that regulate the pharmaceutical wares, namely the Medicines Healthcare and products Regulatory Agency [MHRA]
The herbal remedy business is a huge threat to the likes of GSK, Pfizer and the other various pharmaceutical companies. For one, the side effects of herbal remedies are rare in comparison to prescription medication and the feedback of remedies highlights that we don't really need to take pharmaceutical products when more natural substances are readily available... at least they was until the EU stuck their oar in.
The BBC are reporting that hundreds of traditional and imported remedies on the shelves of health food shops and herbalists are set to be banned under new licensing rules.
Bizarrely, the EU is claiming that it is aiming to protect users from any damaging side-effects that can arise from taking unsuitable medicines.
Never one to miss a back-slapping opportunity, the MHRA, also seem to be backing this directive.
Richard Woodfield, of the MHRA:
"What regulation does is to ensure products meet assured standards. Although the standards are challenging, they are achievable and manageable," he said.
"We already have 24 different companies regulating under the scheme and they are certainly not all large companies."
Put a sock in it Rich, you cannot even regulate prescription drugs properly...or you are powerless to regulate, it's one of the two.
Be interesting to find out if the likes of Horny Goat Weed has actually made consumers suicidal or if the company that makes it have ever manipulated data or made out of court settlements to the tune of billions of pounds.
The MHRA really have their finger on the pulse, huh?
I'm sure the families of those who have lost children to SSRi medication will be delighted that the MHRA are working hand in hand to ban herbal remedies.
I'd like to congratulate the MHRA on adhering to their promise of safeguarding human health from herbal remedy products. It's glaringly obvious these are nasty "medicinal products" that can cause the consumer severe withdrawal effects, suicidal ideation, homicidal thoughts and heart defects in new born babies.
Yeh, the MHRA have their finger on the pulse alright!
The MHRA are fully funded by the pharmaceutical industry. Their Chairman, Alasdair Breckenridge is a former employee of GlaxoSmithKline [then SmithKline Beecham] as is their Head of Licensing, Ian Hudson [Former World Safety Officer at SKB]
This shit just writes itself.
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