S.3546 the Dietary Supplement and Non-Prescription Drug Consumer Protection Act (the AER bill) is the latest bill impacting dietary supplements.
There is a real danger that this bill could be voted on in the Senate this week or next, and that the Senate language could be introduced in a House bill that they could already have consponsors lined up for which could cause a House bill to move rapidly.
If S. 3546 becomes law, it will amend the federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act to require the reporting of “serious” adverse events for both over the counter (OTC) drugs and dietary supplements to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
This dangerous bill fails to contain language whereby causality of an adverse reaction could be determined. There is far too much likelihood under it that safe dietary supplements would be unfairly blamed for adverse reactions that are actually being caused by Rx drugs.
The vitamin trade associations are all for it, but its a bad bill. They're for it because the large companies which politically dominate the trade associations can more easily handle the red tape costs of compliance than smaller companies. Consumers would be the ultimate losers as we'd have to pay for the increased costs of compliance.
See http://www.lef.org/featured-articles/consumer_alert_130906.htm where you can learn more and with one Mouse click you can send a form letter to your senators and congressman against this bad bill.
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Also, your donations will help IAHF return to Washington DC to follow up on work begun in July. To refresh your memory, in July we got 5 members of congress to send a letter to Acting FDA commissioner Von Echenbach demanding an explanation on how he thinks FDA is not violating the law with their Trilateral Cooperation Charter with Canada and Mexico-(see petition at http://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/373269232#body
We've got 5,260 sigs so far on the petition and I'd like to get 5,000 or more on it because that would help me have more impact on Capital Hill. FDA should respond to Congressman Paul regarding my letter this week. If they either don't respond, or attempt to evade the questions (highly likely), we'll need to turn up the heat!
The purpose of my trip will to not only hold FDA's feet to the fire by pushing for oversight on this illegal TCC, but also to make the planned North American Union an election issue.
We need to demand accountability from our Senators and Congressman. We must make them declare their position on the illegal Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America http://www.spp.gov via which the seeds of our national destruction are being sewn. The FDA's TCC is a subset of this planned N.American Union.
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