Massive Attack on Supplements by FDA

FDAwarningsignscaled     There’s bad news for supplement users in the long-awaited revision of FDA guidance rules for new supplements which are finally here, very bad news.

The rules if implemented without modification will basically result in the supplement industry not being allowed to innovate and create new supplements.

This looks like more of the FDA’s usual stance, working as usual on behalf of the drug industry.
The DSHEA (Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act of 1994) was passed by Congress in response to the publication of the FDA’s Task Force Report on Dietary Supplements in 1992 which included a statement that dietary supplements represented a “disincentive for patented drug research.”  Over two million letters went to Congress, which led to the passage of DSHEA.

Under DSHEA, any dietary supplement introduced to the market in the US after 1994 is considered “new” and must notify the FDA at least 75 days in advance of marketing the product. The FDA was to provide guidance on this process and in 2011 published draft guidance which would have crippled, if not eliminated, the supplement industry.  After a major backlash Congress once again stepped in and added language to an appropriations bill urging the FDA to revise the draft guidance.

As noted in our opening paragraph the revision is finally here, over twenty-two years after the passage of DSHEA.  Little better than the original guidelines on new ingredients/supplements, they represent a dire threat to the supplement industry, and by extension, consumer access to supplements.
ANH USA, the Alliance for Natural Health, has published an article in their online newsletter with full details on the negative impact of the revised FDA guidance.  The article also provides information on how you can get involved in responding to the FDA’s revised guidance on new supplements.

What’s your opinion about nutritional supplements?  Do you use them, and do you find them beneficial?  Please leave a comment below.

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1 comment to Massive Attack on Supplements by FDA

  • If it wasn’t for the healthy Nutritional help out there my husband and I would not be as healthy as we are.
    Their products are the only ones I trust. The products put out by the drug companies are full of unhealthy toxins that make us sick.

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