Save Our Supplements and Demand the FDA Withdraw the NDI Draft Guidance!!
November 19, 2011
To be delivered to: The United States House of Representatives, The United States Senate and President Barack Obama
In July the FDA issued its “Draft Guidance for Industry: Dietary Supplements: New Dietary Ingredient Notifications and Related Issues” (what is called the "NDI Draft Guidance"). The agency issued the guidance, mandated by the food “safety” law passed earlier this year, purportedly to clarify requirements for filing new dietary ingredient (NDI) submissions.
However, the FDA is going way beyond simply clarifying existing requirements. It is attempting to drastically change existing law by saying that finished product manufacturers must make a submission for every product that contains an NDI or whenever a formula is changed, if an NDI is present. If this guidance is not withdrawn and its misinterpretation of law is backed by the FDA's own policy, review and enforcement powers, it would cause major disruption in the dietary supplement market; force a significant number of products off the shelves; and result in revenue losses of over a billion dollars and the unemployment of over 100,000 Americans.
Neither American consumers nor the dietary supplement industry should stand for this unconscionable attempt by the FDA to, via various NDI-related side doors, effectively re-write DSHEA, maim the health-food industry and drastically reduce consumer choice.
That is why Citizens for Health is calling on Congress and the President to demand that the FDA summarily withdraws the NDI Draft Guidance and goes on the record stating that the agency will not, now or ever, review, consider, surveil or engage in enforcement activities according to the re-interpretation of the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act of 1994 (DSHEA) evident in its Guidance document but, instead, will honor the law that the American people gave to the FDA (via Congress) to uphold via regulation according to both the spirit, letter, and plain and intended meaning of DSHEA.
|26334||Thu May 16 23:15:26 EDT 2013||Georgeanne Kaufman||Las Vegas, NV|
|26333||Sat May 04 09:48:27 EDT 2013||Chloris Erlandson||Greeley, CO|
|26332||Wed May 01 18:16:51 EDT 2013||Anonymous||Burlington, ON||Think of all the children in your family and if they ever needed a supplement which you made unavailable.|
|26331||Mon Apr 29 11:04:24 EDT 2013||Marcianne Mitchell||Naperville , IL|
|26330||Thu Apr 18 17:28:57 EDT 2013||Pamela Bjork||Stockett, MT||The AMA and Big Pharma can sell anything. Yet they try to make it hard to sell supplements with no side effects. It is unconstitutional to try to eliminate your competition. We are a country with freedom More....of free enterprise!|
|26329||Mon Apr 15 00:27:18 EDT 2013||Anonymous||Glendale, AZ||You don't know my mutritional needs so stay out of my life. I support life and you should too.|
|26328||Sun Apr 14 11:31:34 EDT 2013||paula aluia||clinton twp, MI||Common sense does not prevail at the FDA. To help prevention minded citizens be healthier, please allow us to have the right to choose vitamins over $ drugs/health care's side effects + ridiculous $! More.... President Carter called our present day congressional, etc. problems "legalized bribery"!! Americans know their health and welfare is in jeopardy...
Put the public that elected you 1'st not special interest groups!
|26327||Sun Apr 14 11:21:47 EDT 2013||paula|
|26326||Fri Apr 12 14:16:44 EDT 2013||Sharon Wadsworth||Calgary, AB|
|26325||Mon Apr 08 22:17:40 EDT 2013||!dianne fritzler||FL|
|26324||Sun Apr 07 02:47:48 EDT 2013||Anonymous||Los Angeles, CA||I am a health practitioner and the only reason they are trying to stop the purchase vitamins is to kill us off faster. They promote illness not wellness. It's all about the mighty buck.FDA go away|
|26323||Fri Apr 05 09:50:33 EDT 2013||adam camacho||southbury, CT|
|26322||Tue Apr 02 15:18:00 EDT 2013||Ruth Plympton||Dahlonega, GA||in 73 years the AMA was not able to identify 3 viruses in my body. With Supplements and alternative medicines, I was free in 6 mos.|
|26321||Mon Apr 01 21:15:29 EDT 2013||Anonymous||edmonton, AB|
|26320||Wed Mar 27 18:27:38 EDT 2013||kathleen krepski||new castle, PA|
|26319||Mon Mar 18 13:29:46 EDT 2013||Anonymous||Arbor Vitae, WI|
|26318||Wed Mar 13 19:32:18 EDT 2013||Judy Camus||st emile de suffolk, QC|
|26317||Wed Mar 13 19:00:02 EDT 2013||Nellie Carrillo||Bell Gardens, CA|
|26316||Mon Mar 11 07:07:25 EDT 2013||Anonymous||Manlius, NY|
|26315||Sat Mar 09 14:08:45 EST 2013||Steven Tennant||Wooster, OH|
|26314||Fri Mar 08 18:12:49 EST 2013||Anonymous||Pittsburgh, PA|
|26313||Fri Mar 01 20:29:59 EST 2013||Marta Palermo||Thomaston, CT|
|26312||Fri Feb 22 16:48:46 EST 2013||Cruz Hernandez||Front Royal, VA||Save Our Supplements and Demand the FDA Withdraw the NDI Draft Guidance!!|
|26311||Thu Feb 21 16:30:14 EST 2013||Anonymous||LONGVIEW, TX|
|26310||Mon Feb 18 15:53:40 EST 2013||Karen Goff||Three Forks, MT||This country was founded on the freedom of choice and it should stay that way.|
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