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Drug companies provide 60% of the FDA’s drug review costs. This means the government’s regulation of pharmaceutical drugs is largely funded by the companies under review! Even worse, the FDA oversees nutritional supplements, which are prescription drugs’ biggest competition.
Twenty years ago, Congress passed DSHEA, the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act. With this law, Congress definitively stated that dietary supplements are a category of food, and not subject to FDA pre-approval.
Today, the picture is not as rosy:
• Anti-supplement agitators have been calling for a pre-approval system for supplements.
• The FDA could release the next version of the New Dietary Ingredient guidance any moment now. This draconian document could remove any of 30,000 supplements from the market.
• The FDA has proposed banning natural folate (an essential B vitamin) from supplements, allowing only synthetic folate instead—despite the fact that up to 40% of the population cannot effectively process synthetic folate. And this isn’t the first attempt; they have banned a natural form of a B vitamin in the past.
Why? The fewer supplements that are on the market,
the more opportunity for wildly expensive pharmaceutical drugs.
So long as the FDA receives funding from drug companies, we can’t trust the agency to effectively regulate supplements. We need your help to stop the slow erosion of supplement access. We need your help to make sure the FDA doesn’t have anything close to pre-approval authority over supplements.
The first step of our plan is to launch a massive grassroots, lobbying, and media campaign about the safety and effectiveness of supplements, and to expose the FDA’s conflicts of interest. The next step of the campaign is to start a major legislative offensive to strengthen DSHEA. This is no easy task.
Our goal is to raise $50,000 for our political war chest,
the ANH-USA PAC, by August 31. Your gifts will maximize
our Capitol Hill efforts to protect dietary supplements
and expand access to natural health.
Help us truly honor the twentieth anniversary of DSHEA and protect your access to supplements as Congress intended. This is where our PAC comes in: it combines individual members’ contributions to support our congressional champions. For twenty years we’ve managed to protect access to supplements against all odds. I’m confident that together, we will continue to do so over the next twenty years.
Yours in the fight,
Gretchen DuBeau, Esq.
Executive and Legal Director
The Alliance for Natural Health USA
6931 Arlington Road, Suite 304
Bethesda, MD 20814
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