John Hammell- In the IAHF Office
Please read Byron Richard's update on S.1082, the Prescription Drug User Fee Act of 2007 http://www.newswithviews.com/Richards/byron24.htm (scroll to bottom of article for Monday's update). We're monitoring the Senate floor right now on CSpan2 http://www.c-span.org/watch/index.asp?Cat=TV&Code=CS2 waiting to hear Senator Durbin's statement about an anticipated amendment regarding Food Safety that we're very concerned about given Durbin's long standing opposition to dietary supplements (he is a senator from Illinois where AMA HQ is and pharmaceutical interests exert enormous pressure on him.)
With the recent contaminated pet food issue thats all over the news right now, and the latest news that melamine contaminated pet food has found its way into human food via chicken feed on 38 poultry farms in Indiana and into hog feed http://www.forbes.com/forbeslife/health/feeds/hscout/2007/05/01/hscout604205.html we've got a challenging political situation but we CAN'T give up because language currently in S.1082 guts DSHEA according to respected attorney Jonathan Emord who has suggested an amendment to protect us!
Senator Mike Enzi from Wyoming is up for reelection next year. That makes him politically vulnerable and we MUST CAPITALIZE on this! Fortunately, he is from Wyoming, a small state population wise- which for our purposes right now is PERFECT because its EASIEST to get the JUNGLE TELEGRAPH cranked in a small state and we can RAPIDLY sound the alarm to health food stores, alternative practitioners, MLMers, and consumers. Clint Miller is going to sound the alarm to Nature's Sunshine distributors there, and Byron Richards and I are working to urge as many vitamin companies as possible to alert their customers in Wyoming. We need all of your help RIGHT NOW to get word out to ANYONE who can help in the state of Wyoming and we ALL need to call and fax Enzi's DC Office at the very least!
ENZI's CONTACT INFO
I am calling to request Senator Enzi amend S.1082, the Prescription Drug User Fee Act of 2007 to delete all reference to the terms "Foods" and "Food Ingredients".
As one of 150 million Americans that rely on dietary supplements to keep myself and my family well, I am especially concerned that this legislation broadens FDA regulatory power to harass functional foods and dietary supplements- which has nothing whatsoever to do with drug safety- (the alleged PURPOSE for this bill.)
The so called HELP Committee has failed to prepare a Committee Report for Staff and Senators to study, so they don't know what lurks within this 262 page bill.
I am OUTRAGED that the bill creates the Reagan-Udall Foundation for the FDA, a pharmaceutical drug development company located literally INSIDE the FDA. This is a total conflict of interest and will WORSEN, not IMPROVE the safety of pharmaceutical drugs- totally contradicting the alleged "PURPOSE" of this legislation.
Although I would like this bill to be KILLED, at a BARE MINIMUM, I INSIST that the following amendment, which was strongly recommended by respected attorney Jonathan Emord of Emord and Associates be included in the bill: This change is necessary so that no confusion is created between drug regulation and food regulation.
Amendment to Bill S1082
Purpose of the amendment: (See pp. 106-107)
The bill, S1082: The Prescription Drug User Fee Act, is hereby amended to eliminate any reference to the terms food or food ingredients, such that food and food ingredients will not be subject to any jurisdiction or control by the Reagan-Udall Foundation for the Food and Drug Administration.
Intent of amendment:
To eliminate from the bill any possibility that food or food ingredients would be treated like drugs either for safety review purposes or for assessment of their efficacy. It is a fundamental tenet of food and drug law that foods and food ingredients are presumed to be safe and have to be established to be adulterated only if they present a significant or unreasonable risk of illness or injury.
I have read Byron Richard's article on this issue on NewsWithViews.com and am calling it to the attention of every health food store, every alternative medical practitioner, chiropractor, naturopath, massage therapist and vitamin consumer I know both in and outside the state of Wyoming.
Following is a form letter to fax in:
Please Amend S.1082 to Protect Dietary Supplements
May 1, 2007
The Honorable Mike Enzi
400 S. Kendrick Avenue, Suite 303
Gillette, WY 82716
Phone DC (202) 224-3424
Fax DC (202) 228-0359
Phone Wyoming (307) 682-6268
Fax Wyoming (307) 682-6501
Dear Senator Enzi;
The issue of drug safety is of the utmost importance to myself and all Americans. I am concerned, however, that bill S.1082, as currently written, opens the door for considerable regulatory confusion.
There must be no confusing the safety of drugs and the safety of food and food ingredients ? which are governed by different laws. This bill authorizes, on pages 106-107, the creation of a new regulatory category that enables the FDA and the Reagan-Udall Foundation for the FDA to attack dietary supplements and functional foods.
I am sure you were not intending to create such confusion, and this matter is easily corrected with a simple amendment. Please support the following amendment to S1082:
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