New York, NY (PRWEB) January 10, 2008
The Food and Drug Administration's crackdown on bioidentical hormones is the direct result of a disgraceful lobbying campaign by the drug industry, according to the latest blog by Erika Schwartz, M.D. at http://www.drerika.com.
DrErika writes that the FDA has acted in response to a "citizen's petition" by Wyeth Pharmaceuticals despite the fact that 70,000 real citizens - doctors, patients and pharmacists - opposed the action.
The FDA sent letters January 9 warning seven pharmacies that the claims they make about "bioidentical hormone replacement therapy" are unsupported by medical evidence and said that the agency plans to halt the compounding of medication containing estriol.
This action has the potential to deny hundreds of thousands of women access to bioidentical hormones - substituting the FDA's judgment for that of doctors.
DrErika writes that Wyeth's campaign is motivated by a desire to protect market share of its own synthetic hormone replacement products which dominate the U.S. market, but which have been shown to cause dangerous side effects.
DrErika.com is the only website not sponsored by big pharma to bring you a comprehensive and uncensored reference guide to all the scientific literature on bioidentical hormones. DrErika.com helps women become strong, smart and healthy through education, empowerment and kindness.
Its founder, Erika Schwartz, M.D. says the site is dedicated to providing an honest view on health care topics and issues from a position of devoted patient advocacy.
Dr. Schwartz is an internationally-recognized patient advocate, practicing physician, expert in conventional and integrative medicine and a frequent guest on TV and radio. She has written four books, lectures on health and wellness issues and authored a magazine column read by more than 10 million people a week.