FDA: Your body is a drug and we have to regulate it!

Discussion in 'Politics' started by DemZad, Feb 1, 2012.

Are you a drug?

Poll closed Feb 11, 2012.
  1. Yes. Regulate me!

    2 vote(s)
  2. Are you effing kidding me?

    3 vote(s)
  3. Unsure

    1 vote(s)
  4. Don't care, just waiting for the Apocolypse

    2 vote(s)
  1. In another outrageous power-grab, FDA says your own stem cells are drugs—and stem cell therapy is interstate commerce because it affects the bottom line of FDA-approved drugs in other states!

    We wish this were a joke, but it’s the US Food and Drug Administration’s latest claim in its battle with a Colorado clinic over its Regenexx-SD™ procedure, a non-surgical treatment for people suffering from moderate to severe joint or bone pain using adult stem cells.

    The FDA asserts in a court document that it has the right to regulate the Centeno-Schultz Clinic for two reasons:

    Stem cells are drugs and therefore fall within their jurisdiction. (The clinic argues that stem cell therapy is the practice of medicine and is therefore not within the FDA’s jurisdiction!)

    The clinic is engaging in interstate commerce and is therefore subject to FDA regulation because any part of the machine or procedure that originates outside Colorado becomes interstate commerce once it enters the state. Moreover, interstate commerce is substantially affected because individuals traveling to Colorado to have the Regenexx procedure would “depress the market for out-of-state drugs that are approved by FDA.”

    We discussed the very ambiguous issue of interstate commerce last September—it’s an argument the FDA frequently uses when the basis for their claim is otherwise lacking. As we noted then, the FDA holds that an “interstate commerce” test must be applied to all steps in a product’s manufacture, packaging, and distribution. This means that if any ingredient or tool used in the procedure in question was purchased out of state, the FDA would in its view have jurisdiction, just as they would if the final product had traveled across state lines.

    This time the FDA just nakedly says in court documents that the agency wants to protect the market for FDA-approved drugs. No more beating around the bush—their agenda is right out in the open! This appears to be a novel interpretation of the Food Drug and Cosmetic Act (FD&C), as evidenced by the government’s failure to cite any judicial precedent for their argument.

  2. Orwell, 1984
    Asimov, The Foundation Series---which is about 15 books.

    After those, none of this going forward will shock or surprise you.
  3. This is the price of big government. It continues to grow and infest until it permeates every single aspect of our lives. We could turn it around any time we wish, all we have to do is elect representatives who represent the will of the people, and not special interests.

    Any day America. Any day.
  4. Really? The FDA regulates the nation's blood supply so where are the tinfoil hat shrieks about that? Why do you think stem cells shouldn't be regulated?
  5. Are stem cells a drug, or a food?
  6. Ahhh, I wish that were true. But Newton's laws of motion work on anything that has mass. Human beings have mass, both physically, and mentally.

    What is your solution to that?

    I have yet to find one.
  7. Is blood a drug or a food?
  8. Neither, it is connective tissue. Just so you know.
  9. Try to keep up with context.
  10. You made a non-nonsensical assertion to a medical professional. Blood is neither. Keep your facts straight. That was too harsh. Just clarifying.
    #10     Feb 1, 2012