Health Minister Jens Spahn (CDU) wants to take action against risky naturopathic methods. As the report "Süddeutsche Zeitung" ("SZ") and the North German Broadcasting Corporation (NDR) report with reference to government circles is in practice the relevant bill.
In particular, it is the so-called Therapy with fresh cells. Patients receive extracts from organs of sheep and other animals. They are used as an "anti-aging drug" or "strengthen the immune system" and are intended to help against diseases such as Parkinson's disease or multiple sclerosis. With such promises, private clinics attract partially seriously ill people from around the world.
But fresh cells are not unnecessary according to the current state of research, they are also dangerous. For example, in Rhineland-Palatinate in 2014, several patients and hospital staff were infected with highly contagious Q-ovary disease. It can lead to pneumonia, inflammation of the heart muscles and even to death.
Attempts to ban the failure for years
The treatment of fresh cells has been forbidden for almost a year in almost all countries of the world. The Federal Institute for Medicines concluded that it was dangerous, just like the Institute Paul Ehrlich. However, attempts to ban the failure in the Federal Republic for years. The reason for this is the economic motives of the "SZ". Some federal states do not want to do without private clinics and their customers around the world.
The Spahn Ministry also plans that non-medical doctors can only produce drugs in exceptional cases. The drug law must be changed. So far, it has been possible for members of paramedical professions. But people have been repeatedly threatened with dubious drug therapies.
Again and again, health workers relied on high freedom of therapy, said Gerd Glaeske, a professor of drug safety at the University of Bremen, the "Süddeutsche Zeitung". "But if freedom of therapy is confused with liberties and dubious practices, then they have lost that right."