Colloidal Silver and the FDA
Today colloidal silver is a nutritional supplement. Colloidal silver used to carry the status of a grandfather drug, a product being sold before the formation of the FDA. Under this status, therapeutic claims could be made. This changed in 1999's “Final Ruling” in which the FDA stated that colloidal silver has yet to be proven safe and effective for the use in fighting infectious disease and that therefor no therapeutic claims can be made in spite of silver's 90 years documented medical history with hundreds of medical studies documenting its effectiveness against numerous infectious diseases. Click Here to Return to Colloidal Silver Page
By FDA standards, an infection-fighting substance is not proven to be “safe and effective” unless it can lend itself to their specific treatment protocols. To meet the requirements of demonstrable and repeatable proof required by the FDA, the research could easily cost tens of millions, or even hundred of millions of dollars. Click Here to Return to Colloidal Silver Page
This explains why it is unlikely that this kind of research will ever be conducted on colloidal silver.
The FDA has a policy that every product that has not been tested by them is not to be considered as safe or effective (until proven).
The new FDA ruling places severe restrictions on what can be said about colloidal silver in advertising and labeling. In fact, in spite of its medically documented 90-year history of safe and effective use, the FDA has now ruled that colloidal silver can no longer be sold if it is described as an infection fighting agent! Instead, it can now only be described as a "mineral supplement." If it is described as anything else in the advertising and labeling, the FDA can shut down the offending company and confiscate its inventory!