Many of you rely on dietary supplements to help maintain your health. The availability and affordability of dietary supplements is being seriously threatened by new rules proposed by the FDA. These rules play right into the hands of the big pharmaceutical companies that would love to take over the dietary supplement industry and turn these supplements into very high cost drugs that would only be available through them.
We must let our representatives in congress know that we will not stand for this.
The FDA is trying to take control of dietary supplements that have been introduced since 1994. If they have their way, these supplements will either be taken off the market, or forced to undergo testing that only pharmaceutical companies can afford and these supplements will be exorbitantly priced like drugs.
The pharmaceutical companies want complete control over what you take for your health and the FDA in its new proposed regulations are making it easier for the drug companies to control what you choose to put into your own body, to protect your health.
CONTACT YOUR REPRESENTATIVE TODAY!
It is essential, that all of us, who want to keep the FDA and big Pharma from controlling a major part of our dietary supplements, to contact their representative, via fax, call or mail, (not email which can easily be overlooked, a send them a letter like the sample below.
If you need to determine who your legislative rep is and his/her address of fax, go to the link below, type in your zip code and it will tell give you this information.
The Honorable _________________________ Washington, DC
In direct violation of the law, the FDA is threatening to ban my access to new dietary supplements.
The FDA defines dietary supplements as being “new” if they were introduced after October 15, 1994. That means that nutrients that I have been safely using over the course of three decades will be subject to FDA’s oppressive policies that mandate costly animal testing, which translates into forced withdrawal from the market, and higher prices for me if the supplement is ever allowed to be sold again.
The Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act of 1994 states that:
“The Federal Government should not take any actions to impose unreasonable regulatory barriers limiting or slowing the flow of safe products and accurate information to consumers.”
It says that Congress finds that:
“dietary supplements are safe within a broad range of intake, and safety problems with the supplements are relatively rare.”
And it says that:
“legislative action that protects the right of access of consumers to safe dietary supplements is necessary in order to promote wellness.”
This draft guidance does the exact opposite of what Congress intended. It imposes unreasonable barriers that limit and slow the flow of safe products and accurate information to consumers. I call upon Congress to:
1. Uphold the landmark legislation it passed seventeen years ago, and to direct the FDA to revise its New Dietary Ingredient draft guidelines to reflect DSHEA’s (and Congress’s) stated values and goals.
2. Vote against the newly introduced Dietary Supplement Labeling Act as this would give the FDA even greater arbitrary powers to remove safe dietary supplements from the market, and will profoundly impact this nation’s health in a negative way.
All of these proposals result in wasteful federal spending, while at the same time impose a massive new “regulatory tax” on consumers and the vitamin industry.
Kindly let me know what actions you are taking in response to the urgent issues raised in this letter.
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Curt Hendrix, M.S., C.C.N., C.N.S.