FDA draft guidance to cripple natural products sector and health freedom, decimate supplement innovation
by: Ethan A. Huff
Thursday, August 25, 2011
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is on a mission to seize control of the dietary supplement industry, and cripple it from being able to freely innovate and market potent, effective health products to consumers.
In fact, as we reported a few weeks ago, the agency’s draft guidance proposals threaten to actually ban many supplements that were introduced after the passage of the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act of 1994 (DSHEA), but that are safely and effectively used by millions of Americans today — and YOUR help is required to stop this affront to health freedom (http://www.naturalnews.com/032924_d…).
DSHEA is perhaps the single most important piece of legislation that continues to defend Americans’ freedom to innovate, manufacture, sell, and buy dietary supplements — and it is one that millions of Americans worked very hard to get passed back in 1994. The passage of DSHEA not only opened up the door for new supplements to be developed, but it also ushered in a new era of health freedom based on innovation in nutrition rather than just in synthetic drugs.
However, the final guidance for DSHEA’s “New Dietary Ingredients” (NDI), which is meant to clarify how supplement manufacturers are to notify the FDA about ingredients they use, was never properly established at the time it was passed.
And while the FDA is finally coming to task with establishing this guidance, the agency’s current proposals will do more to systematically dismantle DSHEA and health freedom than they will to actually clarify them, which is what they are supposed to do.