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Dietary Supplements Face Overkill While FDA-Approved Drugs Have a License To Kill

July 13, 2011
Bill Sardi,

It’s the middle of summer on a holiday weekend, late on Friday afternoon, and the American public is readying themselves for another 4th of July celebration. It’s the typical point in time, when the populace is distracted, that government agencies often pick to release a bombshell that won’t likely be popular with the public. And it was some bombshell.

The Food & Drug Administration (FDA) had secretively, albeit belatedly, drafted a 47-page guideline pointed at dietary supplement companies, with a demand they prove their newly introduced products are safe. It was written without input from industry. The rub is that the guideline extends back 16 years to any new dietary ingredient introduced after the Dietary Supplement Health & Education Act (DSHEA) was passed in 1994. This includes popular dietary supplements such as resveratrol curcumin, hyaluronic acid, acai berry, and many others. Thousands of new dietary ingredients have been introduced over that time, and only a few hundred of them actually had safety data filed with the FDA. Shame, shame.

And now… the rest of the story. …..

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