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The Homœopathic Pharmacopœia of the United States


Regulations, continued

Licensure

It is important to note that when looking at the distinction between OTC and Rx, one is compelled to look at the "lowest common denominator", that is the consumer in a natural foods store or pharmacy, not a trained homeopath. This has caused some problems as it relates to licensure, as many people who are very competently trained to use homeopathic remedies lack the license to obtain Rx products. The new results of the increased regulation of homeopathy is that, whether we agree with them or not, there are now clearly established guidelines for the manufacturing, marketing and sale of homeopathic medicines. When one considers that OTC homeopathic remedies were technically illegal prior to the Compliance Policy Guide, one can appreciate that the OTC is indeed a mixed blessing. On the one hand, many homeopathic remedies are now able to be sold over the counter without fear. Of course, there are some remedies, which continue to be prescription items. Clearly, this presents little difficulty for the fully licensed medical practitioner. It is the limited licensed practitioner that is most affected by the regulation. Time will tell what the ultimate impact is. Interested individuals should follow the issue closely in the press and feed back their ideas and comments to the HPCUS in Washington as well as their homeopathic pharmacists.

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