Some may claim Bill C-51 as consumer protection agains Snake Oil.
Natural health products (NHPs) are defined as: vitamins and minerals, herbal remedies, homeopathic medicines, traditional medicines such as Traditional Chinese Medicines, probiotics, and other products like amino acids and essential fatty acids.
If you want to know what might happen, just look at European Union and it’s draconian laws, especially Germany and Norway where similar consumer protection laws are in effect.
In those countries, Vitamin C above 200 mg is illegal, as is vitamin E above 45 IU, vitamin B1 over 2.4 mg and so on.
In Norway, a pharmaceutical giant now controls an Echinacea tincture, which is being sold as an over the counter drug at inflated prices (about $50 vs $4). The same is true of ginkgo and many other herbs.
Some may have no problem with doctors overseeing and writing prescriptions for supplements and NHP which are now available over the counter.
Isn’t Canada experiencing a serious shortage of doctors already?
What will be the cost of those supplements and NHP?