On Monday, the US Food and Drug Administration announced that it is planning to use the homeopathic drugs, which are proven as unsafe to consumers and give unproved gains in treating majorly critical illnesses such as asthma and cancer.
The scheme is taking a stronger grip with the formal approval of FDA drugs, on the homeopathic remedies that have been sold in the United States regardless with any single proof saying that they are effective and safe. As of now, there are no homeopathic drugs approved by FDA.
Dr. Scott Gottlieb, the commissioner of the Food & Drug Administration said in a statement that, “People may be placing their trust and money in therapies that may bring little to no benefit in combating serious ailments, or worse — that may cause significant and even irreparable harm.”
The federal health agency also added while explaining that the most of the homeopathic drugs won’t be affected by the policy proposed recently and it will also remain on the shelves. But, according to the new guidelines as they become final, FDA will step up imposition against certain homeopathic drug categories it considers to dangerous.
This includes remedies that include potentially harmful and toxic ingredients, which are not preferred to be taken topically or orally and those were sold to consumers suffering from life-threatening conditions as well as vulnerable populations like elders and children.
Agency has claimed of taking actions against particular homeopathic items in the past that included teething gels for infant, mainly consisted of belladonna which is linked with deaths and seizures.