..::: NEWS RELEASE
..::: MARCH 18, 2004
Take Your Vitamins, or Else
NEWPORT BEACH, CALIFORNIA"Get ready for the vitamin police," warns Richard E.
Ralston, executive director of Americans for Free Choice in Medicine
(AFCM), referring to the Food and Drug Administration's proposed new
"Today the FDA adds billions of dollars to the cost
of drugs," Ralston observed in a recent op-ed. Ralston wrote: "The FDA
delays the availability of new drugs for years. The first principle of
medicine is "do no harm."
But the cost of keeping drugs off the market, and
adding to the cost of existing drugs, is extremely harmful to our
health. The FDA now wants to extend these controls to vitamins and other
AFCM opposes socialized medicine on principle and
favors free market ideas, such as Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) and tax
"According to the FDA, Americans cannot be counted on
to take vitamins or dietary supplements without poisoning or killing
themselves," Ralston wrote.
Ralston's articles have been published in the Houston
Chronicle, Orange County Register and the Washington Times.
Americans for Free Choice in Medicine, (AFCM),
(http://www.afcm.org) founded in 1993, publishes a consumer's guide to
free market reforms on its Web site and AFCM is the nation's only
educational organization based on individual rights, personal
responsibility and free market ideas in medicine.
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