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FDA Announces Plans to Target Risky Homeopathic Remedies

Alternative remedies like homeopathic treatments have become popular in recent years and now make up a $3 billion industry. But the Food and Drug Administration will begin scrutinizing products that could be dangerous to vulnerable populations.

Many homeopathic remedies are derived from plants and claim to treat everything from the common cold to serious diseases. But the FDA fears that these products can "bring little to no benefit in combating serious ailments, or worse — may cause significant and even irreparable harm because the products are poorly manufactured, or contain active ingredients that aren’t adequately tested or disclosed to patients," according to FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb.

In 1988, the FDA allowed for drugs that are labeled "homeopathic" to be marketed and sold without the agency's approval, according to USA Today.