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The FDA Is Now Policing Facebook Likes
The Daily Caller ^ | July 9, 2014 | Tristyn Bloom

Posted on 07/10/2014 6:14:30 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is protecting consumer rights in a bold new way–by policing companies’ Facebook pages.

Zarbee’s Naturals, a producer of “safe and effective natural [cough] remedies” for children, was sent a warning letter by the FDA for liking comments on its Facebook page implying that its products “are intended for use as drugs.”

Zarbee’s products were designed specifically for children too young for FDA-approved medications and have not been reviewed by the FDA. Happy customers posted their approval on the company’s Facebook page, saying things like “Love Zarbee’s this is the only medicine we use for our 2 year old. Colds and congestion clear up in 2 days,” and “Received the sample for allergy relief and my husband had a terrible problem with allergies … he was very impressed on how well it worked for him.”

Zarbee’s, naturally, liked the comments, which the FDA thinks was a step too far. (RELATED: Kellogg Ex-CEO Says FDA Is Attacking Food Industry)

“Your products are not generally recognized as safe and effective for the above referenced uses,” the letter says, arguing that the company’s “likes” constitute an admission that its products are “new drugs” that require FDA approval.

The FDA considers anything “intended for use in the cure, mitigation, treatment, or prevention of disease” a drug, so although Zarbee’s cough syrup contains no dextromethorphan (DXM), the active ingredient in popular over-the-counter cough medicines like Robitussin, the FDA objects to such claims about Zarbee’s products’ usefulness.

The FDA also called out Zarbee’s Twitter feed, objecting to dangerous tweets such as “Try @Zarbees #naturalremedies for Cold and Cough Season.”

“Your products ‘Zarbee’s Naturals Children’s Cough Syrup+Mucus Relief,’ ‘Zarbee’s Naturals Children’s Cough Syrup Nighttime,’ and ‘Zarbee’s Naturals Children’s Sleep’ are offered for conditions that are not amenable to self-diagnosis and treatment by individuals who are not medical practitioners… Failure to promptly correct these violations may result in legal action without further notice, including seizure and/or injunction.”


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: dopersrights; drugs; facebook; fda; gangbangers; getcrunked; nannystate; sizzurp
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1 posted on 07/10/2014 6:14:30 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks
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To: SheLion; Eric Blair 2084; -YYZ-; 31R1O; 383rr; AFreeBird; AGreatPer; Alamo-Girl; Alia; altura; ...

Combined Nanny State PING! and DANG!


2 posted on 07/10/2014 6:15:27 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (Border Crisis = Cloward-Piven, Chicano-style!)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

This is actually fully appropriate.

If any company wants to claim its product is effective as a drug for a specific indication then they need to demonstrate it in well controlled clinical trials.


3 posted on 07/10/2014 6:40:15 PM PDT by ifinnegan
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

ummmm..#f-—uFDA?


4 posted on 07/10/2014 6:45:02 PM PDT by Adder (No, Mr. Franklin, we could NOT keep it.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks; a fool in paradise; KC_Lion

Why does every agency need to spy on us, why does every agency want a SWAT team. why does every agency have to be like the KGB???


5 posted on 07/10/2014 6:48:44 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: GeronL

At midnight all the agents
And the superhuman crew
Come out and round up everyone
That knows more than they do

— Dylan


6 posted on 07/10/2014 6:52:05 PM PDT by ClearCase_guy ("Harvey Dent, can we trust him?" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HBsdV--kLoQ)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

FDA is one of many FedGov agencies that is no longer working in our interest. We need to take the Senate (with real conservatives) and put FedGov on a strict diet - deep cuts in real spending.


7 posted on 07/10/2014 6:53:48 PM PDT by Pollster1 ("Shall not be infringed" is unambiguous.)
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To: Abathar; Abcdefg; Abram; Abundy; albertp; Alexander Rubin; Allosaurs_r_us; amchugh; ...



Libertarian ping! Click here to get added or here to be removed or post a message here!

8 posted on 07/10/2014 6:54:24 PM PDT by bamahead (Few men desire liberty; most men wish only for a just master. -- Sallust)
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To: ifinnegan

“If any company wants to claim...”

The company made no claim. Individuals made claims.


9 posted on 07/10/2014 7:24:30 PM PDT by aMorePerfectUnion ( "I didn't leave the Central Oligarchy Party. It left me." - Ronaldus Maximus)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Wonder what would happen if I created a cream infused with capsaican to ease the pain of those who suffer from nueropathy...???


10 posted on 07/10/2014 7:38:33 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously-you won't live through it anyway-Enjoy Yourself ala Louis Prima)
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To: ifinnegan

I posit that in the long run it would be safer for companies to have the freedom to make any claim they want instead of government having the power to do anything they want.


11 posted on 07/10/2014 9:18:25 PM PDT by ExpatGator (I hate Illinois Nazis!)
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To: aMorePerfectUnion

“The company made no claim. Individuals made claims.”

Yes, initially.

The point was that by liking the claim, the company itself is making the claim by endorsement.


12 posted on 07/10/2014 9:19:10 PM PDT by ifinnegan
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To: ifinnegan

No. Individuals made endorsements on the Facebook page.


13 posted on 07/11/2014 6:43:43 AM PDT by aMorePerfectUnion ( "I didn't leave the Central Oligarchy Party. It left me." - Ronaldus Maximus)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
The FDA considers anything “intended for use in the cure, mitigation, treatment, or prevention of disease” a drug,...

If the FDA believes that that's almost as stupid as the Glowbull Warming hoax. That POV would indicate a near complete ignorance of medicine and the healing arts.

FOAD, FDA

14 posted on 07/11/2014 7:52:51 AM PDT by TigersEye ("No man left behind" means something different to 0bama.)
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To: ifinnegan

So you think government is OK doing things it’s not permitted to do? “Progressives” think that way, too. Which is why we’re in the mess we are right now.

“Big Government” backers, aka STATISTS, are the leeches on society who are so fond of getting into other folks’ business and controlling their lives. And you appear to be one of them.

When (not IF) we restore our Constitution, your FDA is GONE, buster. Along with over 90% of today’s FedGov.


15 posted on 07/11/2014 8:30:47 AM PDT by dcwusmc (A FREE People have no sovereign save Almighty GOD!!! III OK We are EVERYWHERE!!!)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

The FDA can now send you to prison for practicing medicine without a license if you tell your kid to hold his breath to try and stop the hiccups.


16 posted on 07/11/2014 8:35:24 AM PDT by Cementjungle
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To: dcwusmc

“So you think government is OK doing things it’s not permitted to do? “

The FDA was created specifically and only to do these things.

The FDA is an example of what government can do to provide for the common good and defense of the nation. It has played a major role in the US being at the forefront in medical technology and pharmaceutical development.

Read a bit about the history of the FDA and why it was established.

There’s a great book called Charlatan by Pope Brock that I recommend reading. It really is amazing the sort of things that were done.

Here’s a page with a little review of the book.

http://www.sciencebasedmedicine.org/charlatan-quackery-then-and-now/

Read the comments at the page as well.


17 posted on 07/11/2014 9:49:01 AM PDT by ifinnegan
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Did the FDA approve this thread? At least I got tagline out of it.


18 posted on 07/11/2014 10:05:22 AM PDT by palmer (This comment is not approved or cleared by FDA)
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To: ClearCase_guy

I think about this line on what seems like a daily basis nowadays:

All along the watchtower
Princes kept the view
While all the women came and went
Barefoot servants, too

Outside in the distance
A wildcat did growl
Two riders were approaching
The wind began to howl

Seems like we’re closer all the time...


19 posted on 07/11/2014 10:20:52 AM PDT by baltiless
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

You people! You don’t know if you have a cough or cold or allergies! Get thee to a government approved spouter of government approved religion and be diagnosed accordingly.

The government approved spouters of nonsense are the same people who prescribe Vitamin D drops for babies in sunny climates. But at least the FDA has approved those drops. The government has probably not approved the sun. Or rain. Etc.


20 posted on 07/11/2014 10:33:29 AM PDT by petitfour
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To: ifinnegan

Read the Constitution. Start at the Tenth Amendment, then go through the list of enumerated powers granted there. Don’t see an FDA? You’re right, it’s not there, hence it’s an illegal usurpation of power. Government was never intended to tell We, the People, what we might or might not ingest, period. Ever. For any reason. We are a nation of grownups, who need no nanny. And who are quite capable, when left alone, of raising our children successfully. I can look at my own son as proof of that concept.

Get your government OUT OF MY LIFE!!!


21 posted on 07/11/2014 12:05:52 PM PDT by dcwusmc (A FREE People have no sovereign save Almighty GOD!!! III OK We are EVERYWHERE!!!)
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To: dcwusmc

“Read the Constitution. Start at the Tenth Amendment”

Starting at the beginning might be a good idea as well.

The FDA has been a successful use of our system as a people.


22 posted on 07/11/2014 1:33:21 PM PDT by ifinnegan
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To: Pollster1

We warned everyone we could about ‘The Food Safety Act 0f 2010”...a real issue for food consumption in future.


23 posted on 07/11/2014 1:36:33 PM PDT by Kackikat (ELECTED officials took an OATH...get off your cowardly a$ses and be A PATRIOT now!)
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To: ifinnegan

Our Constitution is a limitation on government. If an authority is not granted to .gov, that function MAY NOT BE DONE BY GOVERNMENT. Period. And an FDA is NOT authorized, nor a good idea for .gov to be involved with. Protecting us from criminals (states and locals) is proper. Protecting us from foreign threats is proper (fedgov). NOTHING ELSE unless at the state or local level, PERIOD.

Furthermore, FDA has kept many good and useful drugs off the market far longer than needed except to cover some bureaucrap’s behind, contributing to YEARS of needless suffering and death. Which makes it useless as well as unconstitutional. The General Welfare clause you seem enamored with is a GOAL, not a grant of authority.


24 posted on 07/11/2014 4:11:52 PM PDT by dcwusmc (A FREE People have no sovereign save Almighty GOD!!! III OK We are EVERYWHERE!!!)
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To: dcwusmc

Ok friend.

Be well.


25 posted on 07/11/2014 5:13:58 PM PDT by ifinnegan
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Thanks for the ping!


26 posted on 07/11/2014 6:22:56 PM PDT by Alamo-Girl
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