Criminalizing the Sale of Natural Health Products?

“Canada’s C-51 Law May Outlaw 60% of Natural Health Products; Big Pharma Pushing to Criminalize Supplements”

Militant in tone, sensationalistic in advocacy and entertaining if not informative, headlines such as the one above can indeed grab your attention.

But unlike the Orwellian society with an ever ominous, ever present big brother watching over our every move as suggested by today’s headline (Big Pharma pills to be encoded with data bits that you swallow?), there is perhaps some merit in the persecution complex of the Natural Health Products industry.

You simply have to tune in to my January 6th, 2010 interview with Natural Health Products Protection Association (NHPPA) president Shawn Buckley to see that even if the wild fire of pending extinction is not necessarily raging out of control, there is nonetheless something to the smoking controversy surrounding proposed legislation regarding the production and sale of natural health products.

Against this backdrop we are once again pleased to welcome our health care industry thought leader Jeff Knott and the NHPPA’s Buckley, to discuss natural health products from both a patient’s rights and treatment effectiveness standpoint in “Criminalizing the Sale of Natural Health Products?

The show which airs live across the Blog Talk Radio Network on Thursday, July 28th at 8:00 PM EST will also be recorded and made available on an On-Demand basis.

Shawn Buckley

About Shawn:

Shawn Buckley is lawyer with expertise in the Food and Drugs Act and Regulations. Mr. Buckley acts primarily for manufacturers of Natural Health Products and has an enviable track record in protecting companies charged by Health Canada. Some of the more notable defences have included:

  • obtaining the acquittal of TrueHope Nutritional Support following a protracted Health Canada prosecution (click here to see the decision );
  • obtaining the acquittal of the Strauss Herb Company from 73 charges brought by Health Canada;
  • having charges against the Nutraceutical Company (Biomedica) withdrawn after Constitutional Challenges to the New Drug Regulations and the seizure power under the Food and Drugs Act were filed.

Business Thought Leader (HealthCare)

Jeff Knott, Navigating the Healthcare Maze

Show Appearance Info:

Jeff Knott was a guest on our March 26th Segment “Navigating the Healthcare Maze with Expert and Author Jeff Knott

Personal Bio:

Jeff Knott was born in England and graduated from Loughborough University with a BSC degree. After immigrating to the United States, he received a Masters Degree at Western Kentucky University and an Executive MBA at the University of South Florida. He participated in the Harvard Business School’s Multinational Marketing Senior Executive Program in Vevey, Switzerland.

He spent 20 years with Johnson and Johnson, in their Professional Products Division, identifying and developing international distributorships. For a time he was based in Brazil before becoming International Marketing Director, Professional Products Division. While at Johnson and Johnson, he conducted business in over 100 countries, growing familiar with the worldwide medical industry. In this capacity, Jeff was instrumental in the development of vital sign systems and catheters worldwide. His experience observing doctors in the operating room, whilst developing Johnson and Johnson global business helped pique his interest in helping consumers navigate complex healthcare systems.

After leaving Johnson and Johnson, he became President of Jim Walter International Corporation, where he successfully managed the building materials company outside the United States. His career at Jim Walter was followed with his appointment as Vice President, International of Rooms To Go Corporation – currently a leading U.S. furniture retailer.

Jeff’s unique combination of worldwide experience in both healthcare and retail has led him to exciting opportunities like lecturing as a visiting professor at a number of universities, appearing on a variety of TV programs, and speaking on international subjects to cross-cultural audiences.

Jeff is involved in the community and has sat on a number of boards, including the University of Tampa’s Board of Trustees Lowry Park Zoo and MOSI. He was selected to be a member of the Initiative for Global Development (IGD) co-founded by William Gates Sr– a national alliance of business leaders that champions effective solutions to global poverty. His overall passion for healthcare, which he has observed worldwide, along with his family’s major personal health experiences, has culminated in his personal commitment to make a difference. In his words, he wants all of us to “stay well.”

What’s it all about . . . Alfie?

By the way, remember to check out Jeff Knott’s latest Alfie video on Patient Compliance.  In case you missed it, Tampa-based MedVision (a medical consulting, healthcare planning, risk management, and wellness consulting firm for self-funded employer plan sponsors), has made Alfie their official spokesperson.


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