By Ross Pelton, RPh, PhD, CCN
The FDA wants to regulate your poop and turn it into BIG profits for BIG Pharma. This report, was cited in an article titled “Poop: Pharma’s Next Goldmine?” published by The Alliance for Natural Health (ANH) on March 14, 2019.i
This report has to do with fecal microbial transplants (FMT), which are being proven to be an effective treatment to fight antibiotic-resistant Clostridium diffiicle infections.
According to ANH, the FDA is poised to regulate FMT as new drugs, which means patients will be paying thousands of dollars for “human poop,” and yet another example of why medicine is so outrageously expensive in this country. Our government allows the FDA to take inexpensive, natural treatments (what could be more natural than a human BM?) and “gifts” them to BIG Pharma to generate obscene profits.
The primary issue at stake is the ability of people to have access to a highly successful natural treatment for the antibiotic-resistant ‘Superbug’ infection C. difficile. In a 2013 report, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) stated that 23,000 people each year die from antibiotic resistant infections. However, an alarming report published in Nov. 2018 states that antibiotic resistant “superbug” infections are killing more than 153,000 annually in the United States.ii
To put this crisis in perspective, let’s look at cancer deaths. The National Cancer Institute (NIH) estimates that in 2018, about 41,000 women will die from breast canceriii and about 30,000 men will die from prostate canceriv, which totals 71,000. Yet the antibiotic resistant ‘Superbug’ infections are killing two times more Americans than the combined number of men and women dying from prostate and breast cancers!
In 2013, the FDA ruled that FMT were subject to FDA regulation. However, the issue of whether FMT should be classified as a new drug or in an altogether different category; as organs, tissues and blood products that are transferred from a healthy donor to a sick one. Agencies like the Alliance for Natural Health and other organizations that promote health freedom in the US are urging Americans to voice your opinion by telling the FDA that FMTs should not be classified as a drug.
Without public pushback, the FDA will likely once again “gift” Big Pharma by classifying FMT as a new drug. Development of a new drug costs billions of dollars, which can only be recouped through market exclusivity (read: FDA-granted monopoly). What can now be had for free will then cost tens of thousands of dollars.
Tell the FDA to keep its hands off our poop! Click on the link below to send your message to the FDA that FMTs should NOT be regulated as drugs.