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Snake Oil–21st Century Style!

Glad this aspect of the meningitis/compounding pharmacy story is finally getting some attention. Compounding pharmacies started in the supplement industry (custom vitamin and supplement blends), a field completely outside of FDA jurisdiction–thanks in large part to elected officials in Congress whose states reap enormous financial benefits from the supplement industry. Over time, compounding pharmacies expanded their market into drugs that were subject to FDA oversight, but elected leaders continued to fight against allowing appropriate FDA regulation of the compounding industry and shifted responsibility primarily to state pharmacy boards. A situation where no one was entirely sure who was responsible for what developed and a disaster was inevitable. Then the same people who refused to allow federal oversight (Congress) of these pharmacies, turned on the FDA for not appropriately ‘regulating.’ Nice gig if you can get it. Create a predictable disaster and then shift blame to the people who warned you there would be a predictable disaster.

If it’s being injected into your body, whatever it is, somebody better be making damn sure it’s safe. Why is this such a difficult concept for Congress? If you don’t like how FDA regulates, then fix it–that is the job of the people we elect to Congress. Don’t exempt snakeoil salesmen from oversight at the expense of the consumer.

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