No Preemption for the Common Cold Remedy


Since the first sneeze, people have been trying to cure the common cold. While the cure remains elusive, everyone has a remedy for its symptoms – chicken soup, salt water gargle, fresh chopped garlic on crackers and, our personal favorite, the hot toddy. But, do any of them really work? And, if they don’t, who is to blame – your Great Aunt Martha? So, what if you take a homeopathic remedy, put it in a bottle with a label that identifies its ingredients, directions for use and indications for usage and put it on a shelf in a drug store? Now, who can you blame if it doesn’t work – the manufacturer of course. Well, the court in Delarosa v. Boiron, Inc., 2011 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 80562 (C.D. Cal. Jul. 25, 2011), at least thought plaintiffs should get a chance to make that claim.

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