It’s no secret that I’m a big fan of vitamin D. Nearly every week, I write to you about some new study showing how this miracle vitamin tackles yet another illness or condition.
Obviously, everyone should be taking a daily dose of vitamin D. (Dr. Wright points out that the sun is the best way to get it, but that adults and teens should take 4,000 International Units per day, and that infants and children should take 1,000 per day.)
Of course, some people can’t leave well enough alone. Where we see an inexpensive way for all people to maintain their health, Big Pharma sees only dollar signs.
At the end of last month, biopharmaceutical company Rockwell Medical announced that it had scored an Abbreviated New Drug Application for injectable vitamin D (dubbed Calcitriol) for people with end-stage renal disease who are undergoing hemodialysis. That’s right–they’re taking our D and renaming it a “drug.”
People with kidney disease aren’t as able to convert nutritional vitamin D into active vitamin D, which leads to deficiency. Therefore, they’re often prescribed vitamin D.
Of course, the folks at Rockwell are pretty excited about it–and aren’t too shy about the reasons why. Their CEO came right out and said they’re “excited to add another renal drug to [their] expanding pipeline of products,” that this new “drug” will allow them to leverage “more profitable renal products,” and that it will help them to “penetrate the vitamin D market effectively.”
So, make no bones about it–it’s all about money, money, money.
And of course, they’re not the first to spin D as a drug. Call it Calcitriol, call it Rocaltrol, call it Calcijex…it’s all nothing more than D3 and a few additives.
And if they can do it with D3, why not with all forms of vitamin D? Will the D supplements in our natural markets disappear as Big Pharma companies win patents for something that should not be patentable?
Considering how important vitamin D is to our health–and how crucial it is to keep it accessible for all people–this is a really big deal. I’ll definitely be keeping an eye on this story. In the meantime, continue to support the supplement companies that make your D.
Ms. O’Brien has written for Nutrition & Healing, Healthier Talk and a variety of other natural and alternative health outlets. She believes in the power of natural medicine and her goal is to open people’s eyes to the benefits of alternative and integrative medicine.
Christine is passionate about helping people help themselves without having to turn to harsh drugs or invasive surgeries.
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