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Does the FDA want to control kratom because they know it’s safe?

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has been an outspoken enemy of legal kratom since 2012. The FDA’s official stance on kratom as of 2019 has been to warn Americans that kratom is a dangerous drug that should never be consumed. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is warning consumers not to use Mitragyna speciosa, …

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Journal Club #19: The FDA’s Bad Science on Kratom

Journal Club with Dr. Jonathan Cachat
Journal Club with Dr. Jonathan Cachat
Journal Club #19: The FDA's Bad Science on Kratom
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Neuroscientist Dr. Jonathan Cachat and host Brian Gallagher look at the blistering report by Jane Babin released in August 2018: “FDA Fails to Follow the Science on Kratom” (PDF available here https://t.co/G76TVsWdLY?amp=1 ). Babin demonstrates how FDA manipulated data to create a Schedule I justification based on what a former HHS Assistant Secretary of Health …

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FDA-Induced Panic by Another Kratom-Induced Seizure

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued an import alert on kratom in 2012, giving the agency the legal right to seize imports. The justification for the alert was based on laughably flimsy evidence, including nine deaths in Sweden of a product called “Krypton”, that contained toxic levels of O-desmethyltramadol (Babin, 2018). Since then, the …

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FDA Head Ranted About Kratom on Twitter a Day After HHS Quietly Withdrew Ban Recommendation

On August 16, 2018, Brett Giroir, Assistant Secretary of Health for the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) sent a letter to then Acting Administrator of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Uttam Dhillon, rescinding a previous HHS recommendation that kratom should be federally outlawed. Pursuant to the Controlled Substances Act…, I am rescinding our …

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Federal Actions on Kratom: 2006 to 2018 HHS Decision to Withhold Ban

This is a timeline of actions taken by federal agencies concerning kratom up to the August 16, 2018 HHS decision to withdraw a recommendation to ban kratom. FDA has been the most active federal agency in trying to control kratom, from releasing several import alerts, to requesting shipment seizures, to sending cease and desist letters …

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Prohibition propaganda model applied to vaping

In the past few weeks, we’ve seen tactics implemented once again by government and media that kratom advocates recognize. This time, the tactics are applied to vaping. The Prohibition propaganda model works as follows: Some unfortunate illnesses and a few deaths occur related to, but not caused by, a particular ingested substance (this time vaporized …

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Shocking News to No One in the Kratom Community: Former FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb Hired to Pfizer’s Board of Directors

Oh, I never! Scott Gottlieb was hired to the board of Pfizer? Puh-Fizer? What? This is so out of left field for a healthcare venture capitalist! Next you’ll be telling me that the only reason he got his degree in internal medicine is for street cred with Big Pharma, and to cash in on the …

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Kratom News: Federally Approved Substances Remain the Reason for a Vast Majority of Poison Control Center Calls

We’ve been seeing in the news again lately that poison control centers are receiving an increasing amount of calls about kratom. We’ve seen stories like this in 2016. CNN ran a story yesterday. In 2018 three of CNN’s top ten advertisers were drug dealers (Humira, Otzela, and Neulasta — how do they come up with …

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Will the FDA Urge the DEA to Make Romaine a Schedule 1 Lettuce?

Kratom supplies are being choked off to American consumers by the actions of both the Indonesian government and the FDA under Trump-appointed Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, M.D. Post mid-term election speculation is appearing all over the internet as to whether the DEA will classify kratom as a Schedule 1 substance, or the FDA will continue to …

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