Sunday, September 23, 2012

FDA Looking to Ban B6 Supplements, Give Boost to Big Pharma

Elizabeth Renter
Activist Post

Vitamin B6, naturally present in a variety of foods, is necessary for proper nerve function, protein synthesis, regulating blood sugar, and producing antibodies and hemoglobin. In other words, it’s pretty important stuff. But, while many people get their B6 through supplements, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is looking to make things a lot more difficult—by slowly taking all forms of B6 supplements off the market so Big Pharma can make millions off of prescriptions instead.

According to the Alliance for Natural Health (ANH), the FDA has already begun their crusade. They removed Pyridoxamine (a natural form of B6) supplements from the market at the request of BioStratum, a pharmaceutical company.

Why? Because BioStratum thinks it might be nice to use Pyrdoxamine in a prescription drug. They haven’t developed the drug, we don’t know what it is, and who knows when it will come to fruition, but the FDA honored a request from the big corporation to protect the company’s interest.

Now, the FDA is poised to pull another B6 product: P5P.

You see, the human body must convert B6 to P5P to make it usable within the body. Fortunately, some supplement companies have created P5P and it is currently available as a natural supplement. But, another pharmaceutical giant has petitioned the FDA to “protect its interests”.

Medicure Pharma would like all P5P removed from the supplement market so they can begin to work on a drug containing the crucial form of B6. In their petition, they state:

Pharmaceutical companies developing new drugs must be protected from companies that may seek to market the ingredients in those drugs as dietary supplements. The marketing of such products has the potential to undermine the incentive for the development of new drugs because many people may choose to purchase the supplements rather than the drugs.
So, that basically sums it up. In order to protect the money-grabbing interests of this company, at whatever risk to the health of the general public, the federal government should step in and take the supplements out. I suppose that line of thought makes sense if you are a top official with Medicure Pharma.

But, the FDA has not yet honored the ANH’s petition yet concerning the B6 supplements. And while the FDA doesn’t always care what is in the best interest of the people, we hope that by joining the ANH, we can make our voices heard.

You can help. Contact the FDA and Congress today and let them know that not all consumers are interested in drugs over supplements. You can find a petition here on the Alliance for Natural Health’s website.

Two other equally upsetting cases come to mind. Through examining and following the FDA’s decisions, anyone can see that the organization continuously pushes pharmaceutical drugs while censoring health food and supplements and their ability to heal. Such is the case with a company known as Fleminger, Inc. and their green tea product, where the FDA threatened to seize Fleminger Inc.’s products, in addition to making them completely change their claim statement. The company claimed green tea reduces the risk of breast and prostate cancer, so the FDA insisted they use the claim:
Green tea may reduce the risk of breast or prostate cancer. FDA does not agree that green tea may reduce the risk because there is very little scientific evidence for the claim.
In another situation, claims made by Diamond Foods that omega-3′s found in walnuts produce health benefits make their walnuts “drugs”. As far as the FDA is concerned, these “drugs” can not be legally marketed in the United States without an approved new drug application.

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Anonymous said...

They're going to have to pry the blackstrap molasses from my grandma's cold dead hands if they ban it.

Anonymous said...

Such a fine example of what is wrong with our country. There's a business journal article on BioStratum (BS?) from 2005. The company raised and spent $100 million over 11 years, before realizing their drug was a vitamin.

They aspired to make $4.4 billion a year, just from the US market, ripping people off for $1200 a year (that's a 2005 price - it'll probably be 10x that now) for something that probably cost a few bucks.

So, the first problem is that $100 million in paper was created (and stuffed into unsuspecting portfolios?) for dubious purpose. The second problem is the profiteering in healthcare. And the third problem, perhaps the biggest one, is that no matter who ridiculous your scam, it will fly if you get the government to help you out.

I wonder who the clown is at the FDA and what job he/she or it as waiting for them after they leave "public service."

Anonymous said...

REGARDING THE PETITION; It won't send to any of the names because they don't have address or email address's to accompany them. At least that is what is said when one goes to ' send' after entering. Please fix ASAP. thanks

Anonymous said...

Thanks for this article. I will stock up on the B6 just in case. Very upsetting that our over the counter access to vitamins may be in serious danger. We do need to stand up and fight back on this.

Anonymous said...

This taking away of vitamins will just keep marching on ... most are already labeled equiv which means its a synthetic copy in other words useless as a vitamin !!
The only hope is in the numbers around awake to the scam ! looking at the high numbers already happily eating nutrient void crap .. motivating others to learn then activists is a tall hurdle indeed !! BUT ITS ALL YOU GOT so get out thier and bust the matrix !

Megan H said...

Fuck the FDA

Anonymous said...

So hows that big government working out for ya? Talk about regulatory capture..


What happens when there's nobody left to sell this crap to? They give us all these diseases and sell us the wrong so called cures and after 3 trillion dollars in research, all you get is chemo to treat cancer? They chased all the real cancer curing clinics out of the country because they were curing cancer at an alarming rate. Keeping everyone sick is big business and soon the only choice you will have is no choice.

Anonymous said...

Codex Alimentarius.

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