From 31st December 2009 the government intent to make all vitamins, herbal preparations and supplements available on prescription only, from your GP!!!. Anyone who objects has until 5th September, yes that is FOUR DAYS, to sign the petition which is at http://petitions.number10.gov.uk/VitaminsTell all your friends, swamp the petition site!There are several reasons why this is a bad idea:1. This would effectively kill Herbalism..........which has been effective for thousands of years2. Doctors are not trained to prescribe herbal preparations, it is a separate 3-4 years of training!3. All our health care products would be in the hands of the big pharmaceutical companiesWhat is appalling is the fact that this has been kept so damn quiet by the idiots who call themselves our representatives!! The plants of this planet have aided humankind for thousands of years, and up until the past 60 or so years were in common useage in every household in Britain and are still widely used, even if many people are not aware of them. The majority of pharmaceutical products are simply patented plant derivatives......and there is the crux of the matter. Pharmaceutical companies cannot patent the whole herb...it is a naturally occuring entity....so they aim to get it outlawed!!! Is your GP going to do the extra training..........I doubt it very much.
you might mention that this PSA only pertains to people living in Britain. those of us in the US aren't able to take action on it.
Oops......sorry. It was late when I posted and I was so annoyed I didn't consider location when posting to communities :SHaving said that, from what I have come across on the net, this is not only a UK issue(It's a WHO/UN ruling which can be taken up in part, in whole or disregarded as regional government sees fit), so if it may apply.....look up your appropriate legislative procedures and take whatever action you are able/feel is appropriate ;)From the way the US system works, I would imagine that the problem is worse there? ie, the public don't even get a say, it is decided by the insurance companies who then lobby government until they cave in :(
not really. the usda makes that sort of regulation, and while they have certainly been known to cave in to special interests, they're also under good leadership these days---and their process also includes a public-comment period on all new regulations. last time something similar to this came around, it died after the public comment period.
That's terrible! I hope it doesn't pass!