I don't know why I forgot to post this here, but here you go:
Big Pharma wants to screw over DSHEA once again and get a VITAMIN banned so that they can use it in one of their medications
I ask that you sign a petition to the FDA to tell them you do not want this to happen
FDA Petition to Ban P5P in Supplements?
Grounds for the Ban Have Nothing to Do with Consumer Safety!
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is considering a petition filed by a pharmaceutical company. They?re requesting a ban on dietary supplements containing pyridoxal 5?-phosphate (P5P), a bio-active and natural form of vitamin B6.
The escalating public concern over the pending petition stems from a ruling made by FDA this past January which banned the sale of pyridoxamine?one of the three forms of vitamin B6 found in nature?and declared pyridoxamine a ?new drug.? The ruling was in response to a petition filed by Biostratum, a pharmaceutical company that manufactures a drug based on pyridoxamine. By receiving a favorable ruling from FDA, Biostratum now has a solid monopoly on the sale of pyridoxamine.
Our concern is that FDA?s January ruling is setting a precedent that draws into question the future of other vitamins and natural ingredients.
The pending petition filed in November 2007 by Medicure Pharma admits that P5P is a naturally occurring molecule in the vitamin B6 family that qualifies as a dietary supplement. Medicure?s point of contention is that P5P in dietary supplements will infringe on their profits from a drug they are currently developing, which includes P5P as an active ingredient!
With surprising candidness, Medicure states in their petition, ?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?.
Medicure also believes, according to the petition, that FDA?s role is to ?balance, on a case-by-case basis if necessary, the competing interests of dietary supplement and pharmaceutical companies.?
Last we checked, FDA?s mission was to protect and advance the public health. So if P5P already exists in nature, has known health benefits, and is readily available for all consumers, then how does banning P5P further either of those goals?
Medicure makes no consumer safety claims regarding P5P. Medicure simply wants the ban of a natural product in order to secure a monopoly, and says so quite nakedly. Medicure wants to protect their market and eliminate the availability of P5P to the general public except via their drug!
Once again, your voice needs to be heard. Please contact FDA to let them know you want P5P to remain available. Thank you for taking the time?your involvement really does make a difference.
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