Tag Archives: FDA

Podcast #78: 6-12 Years in Prison for an Amish Farmer

Last week in The Daily Beast, Jordan Reimschisel shared the story of an Amish farmer in Kentucky, sentenced to prison for producing and selling herbal skin cream without the government’s permission.

He joins us today on the podcast to tell how this happened and what comes next.

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How the FDA made a felon out of this Amish farmer – THE DAILY BEAST

In Bath County, Kentucky, a rural area near Lexington, a judge sentenced a 57-year-old Amish farmer and father of 12 to six years in prison for producing a herbal skin cream without the government’s permission.

Samuel Girod formulated homemade skin-care products on his family farm, and sold them for two decades throughout the upper Midwest, largely on word-of-mouth promotion. He claimed that his products could help with poison ivy rashes, psoriasis, headaches, and more. Despite the fact that the products were made from benign, natural ingredients like chickweed, rosemary, olive oil, and peppermint, products intended to treat diseases are considered drugs and must be approved by the Food and Drug Administration and produced in an approved facility.

Continue reading at The Daily Beast

Podcast #70: The FDA and Caution vs Innovation

Jordan Reimschisel joins the podcast today to talk about his recent piece in RealClearHealth regarding the FDA and slowing medical innovation. He argues that the process of the FDA is based off a warped incentive structure that places excessive caution ahead of innovation that could save lives.

Follow Jordan @JTRimschisel and Young Voices on Twitter @yvadv and Stephen Kent @stephenofkent

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