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Positive outcome to the glucosamine High Court hearing

May 22, 2014 | 2 min read
Positive outcome glucosamine High Court hearing

You may not be aware that recently a high court battle between Blue Bio Pharmaceuticals and the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency has been taking place regarding the status of glucosamine products. Blue Bio Pharmaceuticals attempted to force the MHRA to determine that glucosamine products should be classified as medicinal.

The Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) is a UK government agency which is responsible for ensuring that medicines and medical devices work and are acceptably safe.

Medicines vs food supplements

Presently glucosamine is classified as a food supplement. To briefly explain the difference between the two: medicines are specially formulated for a diseased patient population, whereas food supplements are intended for a healthy consumer population. Medicines require the supervision of a qualified physician whereas dietary supplements are self-administered by the consumer.

Judgement ensures that consumer choice remains

Should the judgement have gone the way of Blue Bio the choice of glucosamine on the market would have been drastically reduced and the price likely to have increased.  A great deal of power would have switched to the big pharmaceuticals and importantly you wouldn't be able to buy glucosamine in the way you do presently and it would be far more difficult and costly to do so.

The claim was struck out of court by the Judge in extremely quick time which reflects the strength of the argument by the MHRA.  The MHRA were supported by the HFMA who represent the interests of the UK natural health products industry at all levels of the legislative, regulatory and Parliamentary process.  

Just Vitamins are proud members of the HFMA and work closely with them to ensure that standards and industry regulations are rigorously maintained and that we are responsible towards our consumers.

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Oct 12, 2016
It's about time that the big drug companies aren't allowed to control the market of a natural substance that works absolute miracles on certain rheumatic conditions with NO side effects,a victory for people who want some control over their own health,glucosamine changed my life after years being addicted to prescription painkillers,why don't more doctors learn about and recommend this to patients,is it the fact that there are no backhanders from the pharmaceutical companies or am I just being cynical !!!!
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