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Volume: 7 Number: 3

Title: National Council Against Health Fraud

Source/Sponsoring Agency: National Council Against Health Fraud (U.S.); Barrett, Stephen


Date Checked: 9/20/01      Status: Active

Date Annotated: 9/24/01

Topics: Commercial Law; Consumer Protection law; Food and Drug Law; Law and Medicine; Products liability; Science and Technology

Other keywords: Alternative Medicine; Health Law; Negligence; Pharmacy

Contents: The National Council Against Health Fraud is a private, nonprofit health agency "that focuses upon health misinformation, quackery and fraud" principally with respect to consumer protection law. The Council promotes adequate labeling of drugs and supplements, proof of safety and effectiveness for medical products and services, and "accountability for those who violate the law." It is part of the Skeptic Ring, a consortium of organizations which study paranormal claims and "fringe science." The website supports a health fraud discussion list and a free weekly electronic newsletter, a digest of which is available on the website, along with links to other health-care fraud sites. The newsletter covers many health-related news reports on pharmaceuticals and alternative medicine--lawsuits, fines, actions by the Food and Drug Agency, and scientific reports disputing health claims for non-standard treatments. Don't expect impartiality: chiropractic medicine, acupuncture, herbal treatments, radionics--it's all quackery to the National Council on Health Fraud. In the "Publications" section are resource documents, i.e. position papers written by William T. Jarvis, Ph.D. on numerous alternative remedies, people prominent in alternative medicine, foods and herbal therapies, with references to articles and reports from the mainstream scientific community. Despite its often harsh tone, this website is comprehensive and frequently updated, making it a good resource in the field of law and medicine.

Author of Annotation: A. Carson

Last Modified: 6/20/2012