You are here: HomeU.S. NewsHealthcare

Health Care

chelationThe Food and Drug Administration, in its role as enforcer of politically-acceptable medical practice, has just “sent warning letters to several companies notifying them that the substances they sell without a prescription for a procedure known as ‘chelation’ are ‘unapproved drugs and devices,’ which makes them illegal,” according to a report in the Washington Post. Chelation therapy is a well-established treatment for patients who have been exposed to high levels of heavy metals such as lead; there are even FDA-approved prescription-only products for administering the treatment. However, as the Post points out, “the companies that received the warning letters sell products without a prescription, often as ‘dietary supplements,’ and describe multiple health benefits, none of which have been proven, the agency said.”

Judge Roger Vinson of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida ruled on October 14 that a lawsuit brought by 20 states and the National Federation of Independent Business challenging the constitutionality of ObamaCare can proceed. “His ruling,” says the Washington Post, “is limited to the plaintiffs’ standing to mount the case, as opposed to its merits — which will be discussed at a summary judgment hearing scheduled for Dec. 16.”

CNNMoney reports that “CVS Pharmacy Inc. has agreed to pay $77.6 million in fines and returned profits in a case alleging improper control in the sale of an ingredient used to make methamphetamine, federal prosecutors said Thursday.” What was this dangerous ingredient? Why, it was none other than pseudoephedrine, a very effective decongestant once found in many cold remedies such as Sudafed and Actifed — the latter brand used by U.S. astronauts, one of whom even appeared in commercials promoting it.

First Lady Michelle Obama has made child obesity her platform and by hook or by crook, she is going to see to it that children choose healthy diets, even if it means undermining parental and individual rights. According to The Blaze, “Federal officials are turning to psychology in a new approach to get kids to choose healthier foods in the school lunch line.”

In response to the fact that some health insurance companies stopped issuing child-only health policies because under ObamaCare's rules they had to issue policies to children regardless of pre-exisiting conditions — meaning parents could wait until their children were sick or injured and then enroll them, essentially mandating that insurance companies lose money on children's insurance — the Obama administration has reinterpreted the new healthcare law and said insurance companies may consider pre-existing conditions in issuing insurance until 2014, when issurers will be required to accept all applicants regardless of pre-existing conditions.

Sign up for The New American daily highlights