The Power of Internet Politics

Politics | | May 5, 2007 at 14:57

healthfreedom.JPGThe Natural Solutions Foundation is claiming victory over the Big Pharmaceutical Companies (“Big Pharma“) and FDA assault on natural health care and supplements. 435,005 people used their site to submit comments to the FDA about the draft CAM (complementary and alternative medicine) Guidance. The FDA apparently first denied the request to extend the comment period, failed to update its site or its comment tally, then extended the comment period only to resind the extension. There were also problems with the HealthFreedomUSA site which was “interferred with” resulting in 252,521 people not being able to submit their comments. Natural Solutions Foundation worked day and night to make as many of those submittals manually as possible.

How much influence the massive internet response had is difficult to quantify, but the US Senate voted on May 2 – without a single dissenting voicefor S.1082 – “Enhancing Drug Safety and Innovation Act of 2007,” sponsored by Sen Richard (Dick) Durbin D-IL, as amended:

Sec X08. Rule of Construction
Nothing in this title (or an amendment made by this title) shall be construed to affect –
(1) The regulation of dietary supplements under the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act; or
(2) The adverse event reporting system for dietary supplement created under the Dietary Supplement and Nonprescription Durg Consumer Protection Act.

For more info see: Durbin Food Safety Amendment

There were many activists in this fight against FDA control of products that Big Pharma want eliminated from their competition, so no doubt there were more forces at work than the one internet action promoted by the Natural Solutions Foundation. To find out more, go to Others involved are the American Herbal Products Association and The American Chiropractic Association.

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