Trying to Outlaw Dietary Supplements
In top news this past week there have been questions about the safety of dietary supplements. Yet, according to a published report by the American Association of Poison Control Centers, no one died in the year 2008 as a result of taking a supplement. Despite this safety track record, this bill would give the FDA authority to draw up a list of allowed and disallowed supplements. If the Dietary Supplement Safety Act (DSSA), S. 3002 passes, supplements could be outlawed.
Dietary Supplements Questioned
An analysis of 168,900 autopsies conducted in Florida in 2007 found that three times as many people were killed by legal drugs as by cocaine, heroin and all methamphetamines put together.
In 1998 an extensive study published in the reputable Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) showed that 106,000 people die each year in American hospitals from medication side effects, that averages out to nearly 300 deaths per day, every day.
Senator John McCain (R-Ariz.) and the pharmaceutical companies want to pass The Dietary Supplement Safety Act (DSSA), S. 3002 which would outlaw supplements without a prescription.
The bill, that has been introduced to the Senate would drive up the cost of dietary supplements and restrict your access to them. This bill seeks to give the FDA arbitrary control over what supplements people are allowed to have.
If this bill is passed, it will make it far easier for pharmaceutical companies to file use patents on what are now inexpensive supplements and convert them into high priced “prescription drugs.”
This is obvious by looking at looking at the cost of prescription drug fish oil that that many cardiologists are prescribing to their patients. It costs about seven times more than the same amount of EPA/DHA fish oil you can buy as a supplement.
In the early 1990s, the FDA stated that many of the supplements used today, including CoQ10, selenium, and chromium, were dangerous. The public revolted against the FDA’s proclamation led to passage of the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act (DSHEA) of 1994.
This is the law that protects consumers’ rights to access low-cost supplements. The Dietary Supplement Safety Act (DSSA) would largely eviscerate the protections afforded by DSHEA.