Re: LIFE UNDER CODEX - taking away supplements, then profiteering from supplements of lower value

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    Thursday, March 10, 2005

    Lunney's Natural Health Product Initiative Goes to Committee

    OTTAWA-Dr. James Lunney, MP for Nanaimo-Alberni, congratulated all
    Members in the House of Commons for passing the second reading of
    Private Member's Bill C-420, which he originally introduced in the last
    session of Parliament. "The election interrupted progress on this bill,
    and I'm delighted to see it move forward this time around. Greater
    freedom of choice in personal health care is one step closer to becoming
    a reality," said Lunney.

    Bill C-420, reintroduced in this Parliament by Lunney's colleague Dr.
    Colin Carrie, MP for Oshawa, would amend the definition of food in the
    Food and Drugs Act to include Natural Health Products, and amend the
    definition of drug to exclude food. "Most Canadians are shocked to learn
    that vitamins, minerals and other food products are drugs under Canadian
    law, and that any product can be reclassified as a drug just by making a
    claim that it has health benefits," said Lunney. "That is out of touch
    with modern science, and out of touch with the needs of Canadians."

    The bill would also repeal antiquated clauses in the Act that prohibit
    claims of any kind on a list of diseases that include diabetes, heart
    disease and cancer. The move was originally recommended in 2000 by a
    team of seventeen experts appointed by the government to bring in new
    rules for Natural Health Products.

    "These clauses have been used for years to take effective products, even
    those with the most scientific evidence behind them, off the market
    without evidence of harm," said Lunney. "The government has refused to
    listen to its own experts, who say these clauses do not reflect the
    prevailing science. It is time that our law caught up with science."

    The bill will now go to the Standing Committee on Health, where it will
    be examined and possibly modified before coming back to the House.
    Lunney said the bill is a major step in the right direction for health
    care reform.

    "Bill C-420 is about releasing the tremendous amount of information that
    supports the judicious use of natural health products, and it's about
    greater freedom of choice in personal health care. With a minority
    government, we have the opportunity to advance effectiveness and
    cost-effectiveness in health care," concluded Lunney.

    For further information please contact:
    Dr. James Lunney - (613) 992-5243 or (250) 390-7550