N-acetylcysteine ban covid-19 treatment banned FDA
N-acetylcysteine, colloquially called NAC has been a dietary treatment option for bronchopulmonary disorders like pneumonia and bronchitis. It works by loosening thick mucus in individuals with chronic breathing disorders. It has been available over the counter for more than half a century. After a lengthy lobbying effort FDA senior officials finally succeeded in re-defining NAC to be a medication or drug rather than simply a supplement. Amazon was the first retailer to ban sales of the item.
In addition to prescription availability, NAC is commercially accessible as an over-the-counter product and has been safely used as a supplement in humans for years (NAC is relatively rare in food). Commercial NAC is available in 500-mg tablets and capsules, 600-mg tablets and capsules, 750-mg capsules, and 1000-mg tablets.Getting a Knack for NAC N-Acetyl-Cysteine, Innov Clin Neurosci. 2011 Jan; 8(1)
NAC isn’t the only dietery supplement that the FDA is trying to outlaw; including curcumin, boswellia and even aloe vera. In the case of NAC this strategy paid off according to Amazon and other online retailers. This couldn’t have come at a worse time as NAC has been shown to reduce the incidence of severe covid-19.