Friday, June 26, 2009

“no approved therapeutic claim”

It is an hour by the hour, everyday the whole month through, that people all over the Country read or hear the loud and clear, the often repeated and much emphasized statement that there is “No approved therapeutic claim” about these and those supposedly herbal drinks, pills and all other imaginable concoctions. More. For considerable prices, they are available in prestigious pharmacies as well as dark offices plus corner stores. And quite interesting is the fact that the quoted disclaimer is made before and/or after already numerous and still multiplying products are exalted to high heavens allegedly with their overwhelming cure-all and even miraculous claims.

This is neither to question or to doubt the distinct healing properties some plants and roots, leaves and seeds, and what have you – with or without the hocus-pocus of this and that village witch doctor, the omen given by this or that folk anito. Pharmaceutical companies – local, foreign as well as multinational ones have long since known what barks and weeds and similar natural items have genuine curative properties. These they harness and brought to market, but with proper and official therapeutic approvals. The scientific discoveries of such natural and/organic medicines have been also long since the fond hope and big blessing of many sick men, women and children.

What is not only confusing but also disturbing if not in effect eventually damaging to health, is the proliferation of the above miraculous or even mystical proclaimed cure-all attribution of such acclaimed herbal potpourri – yet without any approved therapeutic claim. There is even supposedly a good number of testimonies about their super curative features. Such many and different allegedly organic blends are amazingly said to cure anything and everything, from headache to cancer, from stomach to heart disease, from toothache to mental disorder, and the like.

While some of them may actually have some potential medical properties, and while still some of them are but basic panaceas in nature and effect, what about certain herbal and/or organic compounds that could have deleterious physiological effects sometime after their prolonged usage? What happens then? Who can be held responsible for such harmful ventures, dangerous business and profit raking – at the expense of gullible patients or clients? What agency of government can be brought to Court for allowing such harmful potpourri to flood the market?

In short, the question is plain and simple: Why are such practically numberless concoctions altogether allowed to freely flood the market – with great medicinal and/or supplement impressive affirmations but precisely without any approved therapeutic claim? Is such extensive practice ethical? Is it right and proper for the government entity concerned to simply see nothing and merely say nothing and wherefore do nothing at all about such questionable if not also hazardous ultimately profit making ventures? If so, any Tomas, Pedro and Nena can put this and that thing together, and thereafter engage in supposedly pharmaceutical businesses! What a farce!

+OVCruz, DD
June 26 2009