Thursday, February 23, 2006

Brew it

From the Consumer Health Digest.
The Washington Department of Health has ordered Barbara Brewitt and her company Biomed Comm, Inc. to stop manufacturing drug products without a license. The Temporary Order to Cease and Desist also directs her to stop representing herself as a medical doctor. The order states that (a) Biomed manufactures and markets homeopathic products for conditions including Alzheimer’s disease, autism, cancer, menopausal symptoms, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and HIV/AIDS; (b) Brewitt allegedly represented herself as a medical doctor to a Seattle-based pharmacy in order to obtain a drug used in the manufacturing process; and (c) Brewitt holds a Ph.D. in biological structure but possesses no medical degree. The health department plans to notify firms that bought products for retail sale that the products are unapproved....

Some of Biomed's claims violate the FDA Compliance Policy Guideline that restricts the labeling of nonprescription homeopathic drugs to self-limiting conditions readily diagnosable by consumers. The Department of Health's investigation was triggered by a complaint from a former employee who stated that many of the products were mixed by Brewitt herself in her own kitchen as she chanted over a crystal bowl.

Expecto presto cura!

For those untrained in the arts of Hogwarts sorcery, that mind you is the spell for the placebo effect.

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