P.L. 109-462, The Dietary Supplement and Nonprescription Drug and Consumer Protection Act (12 comments ↓)

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The Dietary Supplement and Nonprescription Drug Consumer Protection Act requires the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to establish systems for collecting data about serious adverse reactions that people experience while using certain nonprescription drugs and dietary supplements. Manufacturers, packers, or distributors of such products will have to submit reports to FDA about serious adverse events based on specific information that they receive from the public.

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September 19, 2006, 3:18pm (report abuse)

This is just another attempt by the government to take responsibility out of our hands for our own health and give it to the big drug companies. You know, the guys who gave us Vioxx!


November 15, 2006, 7:07am (report abuse)

The vitamin mills sell too much uninspected snake oil as it is. The scream whenever anything threatens to cut into their profits.

I take vitamin supplements myself, but I don't take them in hopes of curing every single thing that's wrong with me, as too many vitamin mills trumpet. I want a report avenue should I take any supplement that gives me an adverse effect. I'm in favor of the bill.


November 15, 2006, 11:48am (report abuse)

This is the bill supported by big drug companies. They know small dietary supplement companies or retailer couldn't handle the cost if the bill is pass. Another case trying to use political power to take over the ecomonic market indeed.

bill (in washington, dc)

November 15, 2006, 3:05pm (report abuse)

Anything the pharmaceutical industry is for, should immediately become suspect. What are the hidden "side effects" of this bill that are not being addressed? I suspect Shawn is right in that it will quietly take out the small supplement companies.


November 16, 2006, 10:58am (report abuse)

This is a first step to taking away competition from healthy alternatives (vitamins and other supplements).

Just because every year there are numerous deaths due to allergy to peanuts or peanut butter, you don\\\'t see those companies having to jump through hoops & report those incidents to the FDA!

Any legislation that treats dietary supplements more like pharmaceuticals instead of food is one step closer to eliminating the DSHEA of 1994.

Feed up with big gov

November 26, 2006, 5:15pm (report abuse)

Don't we already have an FDA approval process? I think this is a waste of time taking away from more important issues. Big pharm needs to take a back seat!

Eileen [last name removed by request]

November 28, 2006, 11:20am (report abuse)

This is one step towards pharmaseuticals taking over herbs as drugs, since its becoming apparant that most, if not all, pharmaceuticals cause more harm than good to a human body. As the drug companies begin the legislative stealth attack to enable them to "own" the herbs, the good news is that doctors will begin to push herbs rather than pharmaceuticals, the bad news is that we will pay far more for what is already available. One more shocking example of how drug companies are able to protect their profits while limiting consumer freedom of choice.


December 8, 2006, 12:10pm (report abuse)

The truly amazing thing is that the bill passed the senate unanimously so no record of the actual vote per senator is being kept. As it stands at the moment on this unscientific poll of what people think of this bill 81% are against it. This is yet another glaring example of the modern day failure of representative government.


December 8, 2006, 1:26pm (report abuse)

The bill is not actually as bad as these comments are making it seem. I use dietary supplement and I support the industry. This bill will show people that dietary supplements are much safer than pharaceutical drugs. It will also give the industry more credibility in the eyes of people who say it's not regulated. Let the results speak for themselves. Dietary supplements are safer and effective, and will not bow dow to the likes of drug giants


December 8, 2006, 11:01pm (report abuse)

First of all, the FDA approved Splenda, which is chlorinated sugar, with no long-term studies. My wife suffered from sleeplessness while using Splenda. But it is all about money, not our safety. It is really a joke thinking that the government cares about adverse reactions when over 400,000 people die every year due to Tobacco-related illnesses. Or over 350,000 people die due to poor diet and inactivity. Let's get serious about the things that are seriously killing us right now!


January 2, 2007, 1:58pm (report abuse)

This law provides an offical venue for consumers to report adverse events, and an official record for these adverse events to be tracked. It is an important step in the right direction.

Contrary to what is being blogged here, the supplement industry actually supports this bill, in the hopes of dispelling the myth that supplements are not-safe and/or not-regulated.


January 2, 2007, 2:11pm (report abuse)

As a scientist, I feel compelled to dissipate yet another myth in this blog. Sucralose has been appoved for human consumption since 1991 by about 25 other developed countries prior to the US, which held out until 1998. FDA evaluated more than 100 in-vitro, in-vivo and human safety studies and 40 environmental studies conducted over a 20-year period prior to giving its approval. Endorsements from other agencies, who independently reviewed the data, include The American Council on Science and Health, the Health Protection Branch of Health and Welfare Canada, and The National Food Authority of Australia. Hundreds of toxicity studies have shown sucralose to be a safer option than other low calorie sweeteners, such as saccharin, cyclamate, acesulfame-K and aspartame.

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