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Serious question about dispensing medical advice. (Original Post) grumpyduck Jan 2022 OP
Dispensing medical advice is illegal? WhiskeyGrinder Jan 2022 #1
back in the day it was against the rules. mopinko Jan 2022 #5
Not really criminally relayerbob Jan 2022 #2
Have they ever arrested anyone for medical advice from YouTube? bucolic_frolic Jan 2022 #3
Dr. Msongs offers free medical advice as needed lol nt msongs Jan 2022 #4
Practicing medicine requires... Effete Snob Jan 2022 #6
They may be breaking FDA laws by touting products as treatments marybourg Jan 2022 #7
The FDA Element ProfessorGAC Jan 2022 #8
The FDA has not been exercising their regulatory marybourg Jan 2022 #9
Way Different Than 1990-2015 ProfessorGAC Jan 2022 #10


(6,582 posts)
2. Not really criminally
Mon Jan 10, 2022, 06:13 PM
Jan 2022

But I'll tell you what, if I was a billionaire, I'd be freely dispensing funds to for people to sue the living crap out of them


(44,014 posts)
3. Have they ever arrested anyone for medical advice from YouTube?
Mon Jan 10, 2022, 06:20 PM
Jan 2022

Here's the baking soda molasses cancer cure.

Medical advice, as long as it's vague, prevents legal liability. Don't promise, and over-deliver.

Effete Snob

(8,387 posts)
6. Practicing medicine requires...
Mon Jan 10, 2022, 06:28 PM
Jan 2022

...a license, and a patient.

Going on TV and saying bullshit is not practicing medicine.

It's not practicing law either, but that doesn't stop people from saying inane legal stuff on TV too.


(12,688 posts)
7. They may be breaking FDA laws by touting products as treatments
Mon Jan 10, 2022, 06:32 PM
Jan 2022

for disease without FDA clearance, but such touting to a mass audience does not constitute practicing without a license. “Practicing” means giving individual advice, as a doctor would to a patient.


(66,093 posts)
8. The FDA Element
Mon Jan 10, 2022, 07:18 PM
Jan 2022

I worked on some things that required FDA approval because of claims made as an active agent or excipient function. (Example of the latter would be a structured lipid used to deliver liquid oral medications, or a monoglyceride used as a metabolizable emulsifier.)
I would think marketing or promoting it, not just selling it, would be a violation of the law.
Geez, we waited a year for approvals beyond when safety data was conclusive & obvious.
Nobody involved would even consider using it even though the approval was 99.9999% certain. Why?
It's against the law!


(12,688 posts)
9. The FDA has not been exercising their regulatory
Mon Jan 10, 2022, 08:05 PM
Jan 2022

authority against violators for the past many years. Just like the IRA with politicized churches. Nada.


(66,093 posts)
10. Way Different Than 1990-2015
Mon Jan 10, 2022, 09:15 PM
Jan 2022

Because that's the period where my work was taking place that involved applications to the FDA.
In fact, one of my staff was a BS chemist & JD. She specialized in products & processes covered under FDA applications & EPA registrations.
She spent 75% of her time working in these products & enforcing cGMP requirements.
Perhaps it's because our company & our customers were respecting the laws.

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