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Big Pharma and the FDA: Suppress the Science and Ban the Natural

In 2005, the pharmaceutical company Biostratum, Inc. made a mistake -- they invested millions of dollars into developing a drug, only to discover that the active ingredient, pyridoxamine, was a common, naturally occurring substance that has been sold for decades at low cost.

Biostratum responded by asking the U.S. FDA to declare supplements containing pyridoxamine “adulterated,” and effectively ban anyone but Biostratum from selling pyridoxamine. Earlier this year the FDA agreed to ban companies from selling pyridoxamine as a dietary supplement.
The FDA’s comment on the decision specifically says, “To allow such an article to be marketed as a dietary supplement would not be fair to the pharmaceutical company that brought, or intends to bring, the drug to market.”

Apparently, they were not as concerned about fairness to consumers.

Answer Question

Asked by mustbeGRACE at 12:13 PM on Jun. 24, 2009 in Politics & Current Events

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Answers (10)

  • This is hardly the first time the FDA has attacked naturally occurring substances. The FDA has banned information about scientifically proven health benefits of cherries from appearing on Web sites. And for years, the FDA barred health claims about the benefits of omega-3 fats for heart, cancer, depression, body pain, and various other conditions until a drug company paid a great deal of money to go through the approval process.

    In the case of pyridoxamine, the FDA did not act out of concern for public safety. This is about a profit-seeking corporation taking advantage of corruption in what is supposed to be a public health organization.


    American Association for Health Freedom

    Assuming this is true, isn't this a little concerning?

    Answer by mustbeGRACE at 12:15 PM on Jun. 24, 2009

  • Definitely, but it doesn't surprise me.

    Answer by Cavalrybaby02 at 12:23 PM on Jun. 24, 2009

  • Don't forget weed, Grace! ;D

    Yeah it's really scary.

    Answer by lovinangels at 12:23 PM on Jun. 24, 2009

  • What comes to my mind right now is Probiotics. Did you know that probiotics is sell in form of dietary supplements at higher prices. Instead why not buy a yogurt which is the same and less expensive.

    Answer by Anonymous at 12:27 PM on Jun. 24, 2009

  • Not shocking the FDA is not trustworthy at all.

    Answer by Anonymous at 12:31 PM on Jun. 24, 2009

  • Yeah and to think Obama just gave the FED alot more power.

    Answer by itsmesteph11 at 12:36 PM on Jun. 24, 2009

  • Not surprised by this at all! This is sadly only the beginning.

    Answer by sweetsea07 at 12:59 PM on Jun. 24, 2009

  • Yes it is concerning and yet not at all surprising.


    Answer by Anonymous at 1:28 PM on Jun. 24, 2009

  • Not surprised at all. This has been going on for LONG time in the FDA.

    Answer by Anonymous at 1:39 PM on Jun. 24, 2009

  • Surely you know that the cllent base for FDA is the drug copnaies and not the general public. Same with the Dept of Agricuture which is vigourous in defending the interests of mega- corporate food.

    Look at the failings of the SEC. never following up complaints about the ponzi schemes of Madoff, Stanford and others. They were alerted long before the financial crash and did nothing.. Their clients are Wall Street and they are only to willing to turn a blind eye when big money and political influence dictates their operations, or lack of them

    Another job for the President - clean up this mess.

    Answer by janet116 at 11:41 PM on Jun. 24, 2009

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