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THIS SHOWS HOW "EUROPE" IS RIDING ROUGHSHOD OVER THE WISHES OF THE MAJORITY. 604 MILLION PEOPLE PARTICIPATED IN THE LAST VOTE AGAINST THIS EU DIRECTIVE. The USA (and Canada) will be next... as long as Americans remain uninformed or disinterested.... and do NOTHING to stop it.
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DRUGS LAW IS BITTER PILL FOR HEALTH SHOPS
By Christopher Booker, Sunday Telegraph, 21. July 2002, UK
Representatives of Britain's 2,000 health shops have been told in Brussels that there is now no chance of stopping an EU directive which will close most of them down.
This is because it is part of an avalanche of EU legislation which is being "fast-tracked" to give eastern European countries a chance to comply with it before they join an enlarged Union.
There are several odd features about this "Herbal Medicines Products" directive, for which pharmaceutical companies have been lobbying behind the scenes for years.
Although it is a British initiative, championed by our Medicines Control Agency, it seeks to apply to herbal remedies the principle of continental law that things can only be allowed when they are specifically authorised. This reverses the British tradition that everything is allowed unless specifically prohibited.
Under the directive such herbal remedies as Hypericum, Rhodiola and Echinacea, used by five million people in Britain for a wide range of conditions, could only be sold if they had been through the MCA's prohibitively expensive licensing procedures.
Thousands of safe herbal products will thus have to be removed from the market, which is why many health shops will be forced to close.
What makes this even odder is that the MCA tried it on before, when in 1994 it proposed a statutory instrument which it claimed was necessary to implement a 1965 Brussels directive, passed three years before Britain's Medicines Act specifically exempted herbal medicines from licensing requirements.
When the European Commission explained that this was not what the directive intended, the MCA was told, after heated discussion in Cabinet, to drop its proposal. Now seven years later, the MCA has got its way, by successfully lobbying for an EU directive.
There are no health reasons for banning the 3,000 herbal preparations currently on sale in Britain. Almost all adverse reactions linked to herbal remedies (infinitely fewer than those due to synthetic drugs made by pharmaceutical firms) are caused by preparations made up by Chinese practitioners. These are specifically exempted from the directive.
Note for Canadians: Starting June 5th, 2003, new regulations came into effect putting all Natural Health Products under a "drug" category of the Canada Health Act, against the recommendations of a Parliamentary Committee and extensive public input.