Target: Dr. Margaret A. Hamburg, Commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration
Goal: Remove restrictions on interstate selling of compounded medications so patients can access the medicine they need.
The FDA and Congress are risking Americans’ health by putting a constraint on the selling of interstate compounded medications. Compounded medications are prescription drugs that a pharmacist modifies according to the needs of a patient. Compounded medications are used for many essential reasons such as a change in dosage. Not everyone will require the same drugs.
The FDA does not sanction compounded drugs. It makes sense that the FDA does not want to support compounded drugs, because they are specialty drugs based on specific needs of patients. It would be difficult for them to be able to test if the drug works, and if it is safe. However, it is not fair for them to put patients’ lives in danger. Patients will now have trouble accessing the drugs they need because of new restrictions. The pharmacies that administer these drugs are trained to do so. If one does not have a prescription from a doctor, he or she will not be able to get this type of medication.
The Alliance for Natural Health USA is a global organization that encourages one’s liberty in healthcare. It has many alarming concerns for these new rules such as: the new rules make it harder to get specific drugs, because now these drugs have to be made from ingredients that the FDA allows. People that live in states without complete compounding pharmacies can no longer acquire these drugs.
Please assist those who will have trouble obtaining prescription medications they need. By signing this petition, you are helping to influence the FDA to change the strict limitations on the sale of interstate compounded medicines.
Dear Dr. Margaret A. Hamburg,
The FDA and Congress’ decision to further limit interstate selling of compounded drugs is a detriment to those who need these drugs. Compounded medicines are only given when prescribed by doctors. Doctors give these medicines based on a need, not a want.
I understand how hard it would be for the FDA to approve of all compounded drugs, because they are altered to a patient’s particular needs. Nevertheless, restricting the selling of interstate compounded medications is hurting patients. Dr. Hamburg, the FDA website states this as an example of a necessary compounded medicine: “if an elderly patient or a child can’t swallow a pill and needs a medicine in a liquid form that is not otherwise available.” By restraining interstate regulations you are forcing elderly patients and children to have to struggle to get their medicine.
Please reconsider these strict regulations on the selling of interstate compounded drugs. By working with Congress to stop these limitations, you are helping people access crucial medicines.
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