FDA estimates the Homeopathic industry to be a multi-billion dollar industry and a survey by CDC’s National Health interview survey concluded that Amercan adults spend on an average $2.9 Billion on Homeopathic medicines.
Did FDA involve the people with the right credentials is the moot point? For its known that many of the medical specialists on its panels are actually practitioners of conventional medicines having dubious opinions and clouded assertions on the alternative form of medicine. We are not even entering the domain of how many of these practitioners work for institutions funded by large pharmaceutical giants or take grants from them.
Naturally they will hold Homeopathy to ransom and beat it with conventional medical yardsticks prescribed by giant Pharmaceutical companies some of which include mechanism of action and evidence, double blind, peer reviewed studies etc.
Their concept of ‘controlled’ clinical trials gives rise to the question as to who wants to control and minimize the Homeopathic industry’s spreading influence. It’s a well known fact that many powerful lobbies with interests in Guns ,Tobacco, Medicines (conventional), Religion, and other influential industries rule the roost among American policy makers
The only saving grace is that it is also seeking opinions from People seeking the middle ground . Such practitioners are clamoring for percept like “primum non nocere” i.e, ‘First do no harm’ which is one of the primary ethics of modern medical practice. They are aware that conventional medicines cannot pass this litmus test and therefore underline a need to engage patients in determining what suits them most.
Such proponents want patients first treated traditional ‘proof-based’ conventional medical therapy and if its not working or if the patient has serious side effects to consider adding or substituting alternative medicine options.