2 Days to Save Herbal Medicine

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On 1st of May the EU will ban much of herbal medicine, pressing more of us to take pharmaceutical drugs that drive the profits of big Pharma

In 2 days, the EU will ban much of herbal medicine, pressing more of us to take pharmaceutical drugs that drive the profits of big Pharma.

The EU Directive erects high barriers to any herbal remedy that hasn’t been on the market for 30 years — including virtually all Chinese, Ayurvedic, and African traditional medicine. It’s a draconian move that helps drug companies and ignores thousands of years of medical knowledge.

On May 1st the Directive will create major barriers to manufactured herbal remedies, requiring enormous costs, years of effort, and endless expert processes to get each and every product approved. Pharmaceutical companies have the resources to jump through these hoops but hundreds of small- and medium-sized herbal medicine businesses, across Europe and worldwide, will go bust.

On Avaaz website we read: “We need a massive outcry against this. Together, our voices can press the EU Commission to fix the directive, push our national governments to refuse to implement it, and give legitimacy to a legal case before the courts. Let’s get to 1 million voices to save herbal medicine and sign the petition…

“There are arguments for better regulation of natural medicine, but this draconian directive harms the ability of Europeans to make safe and healthy choices. Let’s stand up for our health, and our right to choose safe herbal medicine.”

Links

EU herbal medicines law set for legal challenge
European Union directive to ban natural remedies in favor of pharmaceuticals
Traditional Chinese medicine firms may face delisting in EU market
EU crackdown on herbal ‘remedies’

Avaaz.org is an 8-million-person global campaign network that works to ensure that the views and values of the world’s people shape global decision-making. Avaaz members live in every nation of the world; teams are spread across 13 countries on 4 continents and operate in 14 languages.

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