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October 6, 1978

The Drug Regulation Reform Act of 1978

Author Affiliations

University of Illinois at the Medical Center Chicago

JAMA. 1978;240(15):1586-1587. doi:10.1001/jama.1978.03290150032010

To the Editor.—  The Drug Regulation Reform Act of 1978 (HR 12980 and S 2755, 95th Congress, second session) supposedly is designed to update the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act of 1938 and is hoped to provide a mechanism that will facilitate the introduction of safe and effective drugs into our health care system. In the preface to an analysis of the proposed legislation,1 Secretary of the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare Joseph Califano notes that "the dynamic developments in the science of drug therapy clearly have outstripped a relatively static law." In light of that comment, one wonders why the proposed Act continues to recognize as official the anachronous Homeopathic Pharmacopeia and the "drug entities" and "drug products" contained therein. The analysis report makes the following statement: "Homeopathy is analogous to (but in fact quite distinct from) the theory of immunization." An elaboration of that statement