The agency wants more authority to go after food makers, the unit approving medical devices is called dysfunctional (even though it now has the power to stop victims from suing in state courts) and the FDA is absorbing a 19% budget increase.
Deborah Kotz of US News reacted to the Zicam announcement by urging readers to toss all alternative therapies that haven't been approved as drugs. How many will follow her, and how many howl in protest?
The media is filled with such remedies, substances that claim to do good but haven't been proven to work. Head-On. Enzyte. Oscillo. The list goes on and on. Each, like Zicam, has its defenders in the blogosphere. (The picture is from one such defender, writerpurple15.)
As the price of pharmaceuticals has risen, and the number of uninsured has increased, faith in such products has also gone up. Growth has also come from a growing backlash against vaccines and psychoactives given to children.
Any effort to go after quackery is going to first end up battling the political movements that have covered the profits of homeopathic providers for a generation. How far should it go?