Homeopathy OTC products under attack? Are yours next?

Citizens for Health makes us aware of Public review for the limitation of OTC Homeopathy.  This is about Over the Counter. What about MLM companies?

On a recent Citizens For Health Alert ( www.citizens.org)

The FDA is currently reviewing their regulations as they pertain to the sale of homeopathic products at retail, and it could result in limiting your access to over-the-counter (OTC) homeopathics. A public hearing was held in April as the first phase of gathering information for the FDA. The next phase is a public comment period – which is now open and will remain open through August 22, 2015.

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Your assistance at this time will be invaluable!

Please help us get the following messages to the FDA:

• Consumers have positive attitudes about access to over-the-counter homeopathic medicines.

• Consumers are able to make informed decisions about purchasing homeopathic products vs. traditional OTC medications.

• Consumers want to find the right medicine for their symptoms in the appropriate category area of their favorite stores.

We encourage everyone who uses homeopathic products to take 5 minutes to submit comments to the FDA about:

Your own personal position and viewpoint regarding homeopathy.

Your understanding and practical knowledge regarding purchasing decisions of OTC homeopathic products.

Suggestions for Submitting Comments to the FDA

1. The most effective, meaningful comments will address:

Your attitudes about homeopathy, and/or

Your experiences making decisions about purchasing OTC homeopathic products.

Why? Because those topics are what the FDA is interested in gathering more information about.

2. We know many, many people have amazing stories to tell about how well homeopathy worked for them. For the purposes of this public comment period, those stories are going to be most meaningful when they focus on using homeopathy for common ailments that can be self-diagnosed and treated at home (like colds, allergies, headaches, minor injuries, etc.) rather than chronic or diagnosis-based conditions. Again, the FDA is most interested in hearing about consumer attitudes towards homeopathic products in stores and the purchasing decisions made about such products. Please try to limit your comments to these topics.

3. Pay attention to the length of your comments. Try to submit comments that are neither too short nor too long. For example, a comment with only a few words (like “I have no problems deciding which OTC homeopathic products to buy”) is not really meaningful to those at the FDA. Some context (like an example of an OTC homeopathic purchase that you made) will help those at the FDA to understand the circumstances that guide the decision-making process. On the other hand, comments that run for pages and pages without really addressing the FDA’s questions (or are tedious to read) will not be helpful to the FDA in meeting its goal to understand consumer attitudes and experiences. So how long is just right? Make sure your comment tells your story so that the FDA reps reading it will understand your experience. And we have found that comments between 300-600 words are probably going to be the most valuable. Don’t forget to proofread before submitting!

4. Finally, remember to keep comments respectful and constructive. Unfortunately, we have discovered that a few individuals in the homeopathic community have sent very negative, disrespectful messages to FDA representatives about the hearing. We request that community members refrain from making any comments that are not respectful and constructive.

5. All comments must be submitted online by August 21, 2015 here: http://www.regulations.gov/#!submitComment;D=FDA-2015-N-0540-2724.

On the page:
— Make sure to uncheck that you are submitting a comment on behalf of a third party.
— Select ‘individual consumer’ from the Category drop down menu.

Thank you in advance for your support and please forward this call to action to anyone else who wants to retain access to OTC homeopathics.

Thanks, as always, for your participation.

The Citizens for Health Team


Source: Citizens For Health email Alert

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