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Homeopathic “medicine” maker gets FDA warning

Posted in Skepdude by Skepdude on June 16, 2009

As reported at the Wall Street Journal Blogs:

The FDA just warned consumers to stop using certain Zicam Cold Remedy products designed to be used in the nose. The agency said it has received more than 130 reports of loss of smell associated with the use of the products, which are available without a prescription.The warning letter the agency sent to Matrixx Initiatives, which sells Zicam, illuminates a corner of the health-care world we don’t often mention on the blog: homeopathy.

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Zicam is marketed as a “homeopathic medicine.” As the FDA’s warning letter makes clear, “many homeopathic drug products are manufactured and distributed without FDA approval.” But, the letter adds, the agency can intervene when there’s evidence a homeopathic drug may pose a risk to consumers. That’s what it’s doing in this case.

I guess Zicam was not diluted properly right? Well on the bright side, if Zicam caused anosmia—the loss of sense of smell—then diluting it further should cure it right? Would you really put it past homeopaths to do this? It may sound far fetched but it could very well happen. After all whatever causes the disease cures it as well. They just need to take the existing Zicam, superdilute it, and come up with more “potent” solutions and sell them at a higher price. It’s genius!

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