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News2011September › Big Pharma set to restrict nutritional supplements in the US › September 2011

Big Pharma set to restrict nutritional supplements in the US

After successfully restricting the availability of nutritional and herbal supplements across Europe, the drugs industry is turning its focus on the United States

After successfully restricting the availability of nutritional and herbal supplements across Europe, the drugs industry is turning its focus on the United States.
The US's drug 'regulator', the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) - which is funded by drug companies - has put forward a new mandate that will effectively remove from the market all nutritional supplements that have been introduced or modified since 1994.
These supplements would be viewed as 'new dietary ingredients' (NDIs) and would have to pass through rigorous safety tests. The costs of these tests will be beyond the reach of many small manufacturers, and so they will be removed from the market.
Americans have until October 1 to voice their objections to their Congressional representative.
Nutritional supplements have enjoyed protection under the DSHEA ruling of 1994, which has allowed supplements and vitamins to be freely sold as long as the manufacturer does not make any unproven claims for their efficacy.
The NDI mandate mirrors the European Union directives, which prevent any 'novel' supplement from being sold without first passing rigorous and expensive safety trials.
The Alliance for Natural Health-USA is co-ordinating protests against the mandate, which it will pass on to members of Congress.
To find out more, and make your protest heard, go to the Alliance for Natural Health-USA website: http://www.anh-usa.org/


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