Considering how huge the homeopathic drug industry is today, it is somewhat surprising how little the average person knows about how the homeopathic industry is run. People may still be under the impression that homeopathic remedies are a smalltime business, largely operated by small companies, when in fact; the homeopathic drug industry is a multi-billion dollar one which employs nearly a half a million people. As competition between pharmaceutical drug companies and homeopathic alternative suppliers becomes stiffer, the drug companies have made the guidelines for the production and sale of homeopathic solutions much stricter. Using industry data collected from a major homeopathic remedy maker, www.liddell.net, we have outlined how homeopathic drugs are developed and sold in this country today.
First of all, most natural remedy drugs have to meet the same standards of testing and production as any regular drug company today. Recent laws which govern how a homeopathic company produces their products have become very strict, at times even more so than standards required for traditional drug companies. When a new homeopathic remedy is created for sale, even if it is a natural element which has been used by people for hundreds of years, it has to go through extensive testing in order to make sure that it is safe for consumers. As with any drug, a homeopathic medicine has to be given to a test group over a period of six to eight months, as researchers and doctors collect information about the effects the medicine has on patients. Likewise, control groups are used to test for any potential interaction between traditional or natural remedies. Once all the preliminary tests have been completed the company can start producing their natural remedies for mass consumer consumption.
Production centers for alternative medications are run in much the same way as traditional drug labs. All of the components used in a specific remedy have to be tested for purity when they are at the plant, and regular screening are done on the final products in order to make sure that the proper level of each ingredient has been used. Guidelines which control cleanliness of the production operation are very high, and most of the process is which requires human interaction is done by workers wearing anti-contamination suits, Climate controlled labs run with a zero contamination policy which means any introduction of a foreign element into the production area could cause the operation to shut down until proper steps have been taken to ensure safety.
Finally the homeopathic remedies are ready to be sold to consumers. While there are thousands of alternative medicine shops in the country, as well as dozens of major pharmacies which have started supplying homeopathic remedies, the principal channel through which most people buy alternative medication is still over the internet. Last year, around eighty percent of all alternative medications were sold over the web, and while that number may come down some, as more and more pharmacies start to sell homeopathic remedies, the web is likely to remain the number one seller of natural remedies for some time to come.