Adler's claims of a scam come after working for three months as the manufacturing manager at a Seattle company called Biomed Comm. The company makes and sells a variety of homeopathic remedies advertised as treatments for autism, menopausal symptom relief, and boosters of immune systems and energy.
Last week the State Department of Health ordered the company and it's founder and CEO Barbara Brewitt, PhD to cease and desist her making and selling of drugs without a license. They also directed her to stop "posing as a medical doctor."
Adler is the whistleblower who started the investigation that led to the Department of Health action. He tells KOMO 4 News he still stands behind those accusations.
"The comment was made once that we don't care what the government says because we're homeopathic," he said Brewitt told him and other employees. "We can make this stuff in a bathtub if we want to."
FDA regulations are different for the makers of homeopathic remedies where the active ingredients are markedly diluted in their final medicinal form. "In clinical studies, patients have reported increased memory, focus and energy, stronger heart and immune systems, relief from stress and headaches, weight loss, increased muscle mass and improved sleep, among other factors," it says on the Biomed Comm website. "Biomed's cell signalers are being taken by autism and HIV (AIDS virus) patients as well as baby boomers who want to stave off aging. "
The Department of Health ordered Brewitt to immediately "stop her unlicensed practice of manufacturing drugs," saying that they do not have the necessary federal approval.
Adler, who says he was hired to help establish a small manufacturing facility in Woodinville, says many of the medicines were mixed by Brewitt herself in her own kitchen as she chanted over a crystal bowl.
"She told all of us the magic is in the chanting and the crystal bowl," said Adler. "And that's what caused everything to work was the energy from the crystal bowl."
The Biomed Comm website says the homeopathic mixtures are clinically proven and contain what Brewitt has trademarked as Cell Signal Enhancers, a breakthrough she claims came from years of her own research. Adler, believes the bottles he was asked to fill contained much less.
"Nothing more than some human growth hormone and 99.9 percent of it is water," he has told state investigators.
His statement to investigators for the Department of Health also alleges that Brewitt, faced with a diminishing supply of one product, at least once ordered the bottles requested by a major wholesaler to be filled with another product they had on hand at the time.
The state also ordered Brewitt to stop misrepresenting herself as a medical doctor. Her resume says she holds a Masters of Divinity and also a PhD from the University of Washington. The Department of Health says that PhD is in "biological structure" and is in no way to be construed as a medical degree.
Investigators claim Brewitt allegedly "represented herself as a medical doctor to a Seattle-based pharmacy in order to obtain a drug used in the manufacturing process." Documents obtained by KOMO 4 News clearly show Brewitt listed as an "MD" on orders made to a local pharmacy.
Last week Brewitt responded to the Department of Health order and to interview requests by KOMO 4 News in an e-mail.
She said she "takes great exception to today's action by the Washington State Department of Health" and that her company's products are "classified as homeopathic drugs and meet all regulations. There is obviously a misunderstanding on the part of the Department of Health."
The state tells KOMO 4 News there is no misunderstanding at all.
"If they don't abide by the cease and desist order we would need to turn that over to the court system," said Pharmacy Board Director Steven Saxe. "And then they would decide if they were going to take further action."
Thursday at 5 p.m.was the Department of Health deadline for Biomed Comm to file for an "expedited or prompt hearing" on the cease and desist order. Late Thursday afternoon the Department of Health said it had not received any such notice from the company. Biomed claims it did file by that deadline.
Meanwhile, Biomed products can still be found for sale on a variety of internet sites dedicated to homeopathic remedies.
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