By Nurse Mark
Laws were broken and people were harmed, even killed by a compounding pharmacy in Massachusetts.
The company, New England Compounding Center (NECC) appears to have gone far beyond what most of us envision when we think of a compounding pharmacy. NECC looks to have had visions of being “Big Pharma” without having to bother with all the troublesome FDA oversight that goes with being a drug manufacturer.
And so, because laws were broken and people were killed, NECC (meaning the people in charge of NECC) should rightfully “have the book thrown at ‘em.” If it is shown that there was negligence on the part of the management of NECC then it would be reasonable for people to be looking at serious prison time since allowing things to happen that cause people to die is known as homicide or even murder.
Unfortunately, in true knee-jerk fashion, our politicians have become involved.
A complex bill has been drafted that will vastly increase the power, scope, and intrusiveness of the FDA and will seriously limit your ability to access compounded medicines – things like custom Bio Identical Hormones, custom transdermal patches, and custom time-release formulations.
This bill, introduced in the 113th Congress as S.959 — the Pharmaceutical Compounding Quality and Accountability Act, gives the FDA, which has been historically biased against supplements and integrative medicine, far too much ability to ban compounded drugs such as thyroid medications and estriol and other hormones.
This bill is not really new. The FDA has been seeking to expand it’s powers for some time, and they tried to do this in 2008 with the female hormone estriol. Stymied, they did not have the authority to enforce their actions. S.959 would give the FDA the full authority that they seek, and allow them to ban commonly used Bio Identical Hormone Treatments (BHRT).
For millions of women it could mean being forced back to using Big Pharma’s one-size-fits-all synthetic hormones – to the delight of the pharmaceutical companies and their shareholders. Sales of Premarin and Prempro have dropped steadily since 2002 when two big government-sponsored studies found that the drugs raised the risks of breast cancer, stroke, and heart attack. Wyeth, the manufacturer of Premarin and Prempro, petitioned the FDA in 2005 to restrict the availability of competing compounded “bio-identical” hormones and similar efforts have been ongoing ever since.
It is obvious to us here at The Wellness Club that Big Pharma is not going to rest until they have achieved their monopoly of medicine, and that they subscribe to the “Never let a good crisis go to waste” strategy of politics.
What can you do?
We have two resources for you where you can quickly and easily send a message to your elected representatives to voice your opinion about this newest power-grab:
A website called MyMedsMatter has an easy contact form here: http://www.mymedsmatter.com/?vvsrc=%2fCampaigns%2f32492%2fRespond
And The Alliance For Natural health also has a good article on this important subject and a “Take Action” link where you can contact your representatives. Check it out here: http://www.anh-usa.org/compounding-pharmacy-bill-third-draft-still-some-major-problems%E2%80%94and-no-time-to-lose/
We urge you to take action along with us to protect your access to compounded medicines and bio identical hormone therapy.
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