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April 30, 2010

Congressman Waxman Sneaks Anti-Supplement Language into "Wall Street Reform Bill" – Urgent Action Needed!

The agents of Big Pharma are at it again. Since the majority of their direct attacks against supplements have failed, they have resorted to sneaking anti-supplement provisions into other, completely unrelated legislation.

We’ve all heard about a recent example of this in relation to Senator McCain’s (R-AZ) attempt to sneak language into S. 510 that would create an “Accepted Dietary Ingredients” list to severely restrict what is allowed to be included in a dietary supplement. This new action by Congressman Henry Waxman (D-CA), however, is just as sinister.

What Congressman Waxman has done is to sneak language into the Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2009 (H.R. 4173) that would give the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) the power to regulate supplements by requiring companies to conduct human trials of their product before making any claim about its action.

Currently, if the FTC challenges a claim made by a supplement company, it can compel the company to conduct human trials to back up its claim. If the claim can be substantiated, the FTC can not take further action. If the claim can not be substantiated, the FTC can take action. But this action is limited to marketing and claims – not formulation or production.

If this law were enacted with the language Congressman Waxman has inserted, the FTC would essentially gain the power to circumvent the regulatory framework set forth for the FDA through DSHEA. It is interesting to note that the FTC used to have powers similar to those Waxman wants to give, but Congress took them away in the 1980’s due to instances of abuse.

Requiring human trials before making any claims for supplements would cripple the industry, effectively establishing a regulatory framework similar to prescription drugs. This is a popular angle for the opponents of dietary supplements to attack, since it is well known that such unreasonable financial requirements would increase the final price of supplements to the consumer by such an amount so as to make them unobtainable.

Your right to free access to your favorite health giving supplements is in your hands. It is only through the tireless action of the millions of individuals who understand the tremendous benefits of dietary supplements that we still have access to them today. If you want to do your part to make sure we are allowed to keep these supplements, please take the time to contact your representative to oppose this provision today!

This latest attack surely will not be the last attack. We must remain vigilant in order to protect our freedoms. As always, is your source to stay informed, and become active. Contact your representative today!