The 'nanny state' government philosophy combined with Obama's anti-business bureaucrats extends well beyond the EPA and its destruction of the coal industry - the vitamin/supplement industry is the next victim
Read here. The anti-business looniness and big government bureaucrats not only reside in the EPA. Obama is now unleashing his 'nanny state' minions in an attempt to crush the vitamin/supplement industry, which Obama's Big Pharma cronies are cheering for.
Why do drug companies hate vitamins and supplements. Well...vitamins and supplements are a lot cheaper and safer preventative treatments than big pharma's inventory, which they get the MD white coat pill pushers stuffing down the throats of their patients. How much safer?
The latest data from 2010 has deaths from vitamins and supplements at zero (yes, ZERO!). And the drug company products? Their drugs cure kill about 125,000 per year on average.
Soooo.....the Obama anti-business team has now decided that the zero-death industry requires the heavy hand of nanny state regulators to make it "safer," yet the big drug companies continue to push tax payer subsidized medical-death on the gullible public.
"Vitamins, minerals and herbal supplements have a tremendously safe track record, yet they are often singled out as being potentially dangerous by government agencies like the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)...This – the notion that dietary supplements are unsafe -- is the premise behind the FDA's Draft Guidance on New Dietary Ingredients, which would require the supplement industry to prove the safety of natural ingredients that, in many cases, have been on the market and used safely for decades...As new research from the American Association of Poison Control Centers' National Poison Data System reveals, there were zero deaths linked to nutritional supplements in 2010, the most current data available...the FDA will require manufacturers to conduct outrageously expensive studies using absurdly high doses, in some situations multiplied by a "safety factor" up to 2,000-times the recommended dosage on a per product basis....And, since supplements are not patented drugs, virtually no supplement manufacturers will be able to afford these "safety" studies, which means that many of the nutrients you now purchase at low prices will convert into high-priced drugs, or simply disappear from the market entirely."
Why don't drug companies manufacture their own vitamins and supplements? First, there is no tax-payer subsidized insurance to reap huge profits from, and secondly, there are no profit enhancing patents available on vitamins/supplements. And then there are the other reasons. Take your pick.