The FDA on Complementary and Alternative Medicine


The FDA has just issued a draft guidance (pdf) on the application of Public Health Service and Food Drug and Cosmetic acts to complementary and alternative medicine products. The guidance, when finalized, will help to clarify when products need to clear regulatory hurdles and which regulatory hurdles they need to clear. This is a good thing, because it should open up many CAM modalities to a little more honest scrutiny (if only a little) and, hopefully, open up further studies.

I’m curious to hear reactions to this. Of note, the FDA is already overseeing/reviewing licensing applications (or INDs leading up to licensing applications) for many herbal remedies.

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