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Claim: A rider appended to a Congressional bill will require that consumers obtain prescriptions before purchasing herbal remedies.
Example: [Collected on the Internet, 2001]
Origins: It's difficult to evaluate claims about a rider supposedly being attached to a Congressional bill when no identifying information is provided about either the rider or the bill. A new session of Congress (the 107th) was just convened in January 2001 and hasn't started debating new legislation yet; several bills dealing with HMOs were put before the
In any case, the claim that if the FDA were to regulate herbal remedies, consumers would automatically need prescriptions to obtain them is not true — the FDA regulates both prescription and non-prescription medicines. There are many good reasons why the FDA regulates even non-presciption remedies:
Last updated: 20 December 2007
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