Supplements Yanked From Canadian Pharmacies

Saddle up the Mounties and sound the alarm, boys — someone’s been caught selling vitamins north of the border.
Canadian health officials are telling pharmacists to pull thousands of perfectly natural supplements from store shelves, as new regulations kick in that they claim will bring order and safety to the vitamin industry.
In reality, all they’ve done is give Big Pharma a chance to tighten the death grip it has on modern medicine. And as those drug companies pad their profits, supplement makers are caught up in a bizarre Catch-22 that could lead to job losses and business failure.
The new rules require supplement makers to have a license to sell their vitamins. But the bureaucrats who issue those licenses are either so overwhelmed or so inept — or both — that they can’t get them out fast enough

Canada’s National Post tells of one little company that makes just two supplements. One’s a homeopathic treatment for diabetes pain, the other is a vitamin. I have no idea if either work — but it may not matter, because neither one’s been given that government blessing yet.

If those two products get the Canadian heave-ho, the company will be toast — or whatever else it is that they burn for breakfast up there.

I hate to break it to them, but they should probably polish up those resumes: There’s an estimated backlog of 10,000 vitamins and supplements waiting for approval.

That’s one hell of a waiting list.

Over six years, the regulators issued around 18,000 licenses. I’m no math whiz, but that’s 3,000 licenses a year — which means it’ll take more than three years to get to everyone still waiting.

This is the precisely the kind of disarray and “regulation” that Big Pharma lives for… because while you can’t get many completely ordinary vitamins and supplements in Canada now, you can still get Avandia.

by Dr. William Campbell Douglass