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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.

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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.



Big Pharm wants to outlaw medicine they have no control over? Well no shit. John McLame in Big Pharm's pocket? Tell us something we don't know. Sorry, Big Pharm. We're keeping our B-12 and we're keeping medical Marijuana out of your dirty little claws. Perhaps you'll come up with an expensive pill that makes Republicans smart. That would really be a positive contribution to society.
I think Outlawing Supplements is a travesty. I Think it's a violation of civil rights. I've never heard of anyone dying from supplements. I hope the law doesn't pass. It would be a queer law indeed. I use supplements as needed and they've always helped me.
If this passes, I, among many others I'm sure will be absolutely outraged. For those of us who don't have health insurance and can't access prescription drugs, this bill would devestate us. Every time I have a kidney infection, instead of paying an arm and a leg for antibiotics that I shouldn't be taking anyway, I take cranberry pills and it always clears up. I just can't believe that the FDA is trying to overstep its boundaries in this way. Isn't it bad enough that the drugs that are legal aren't regulated enough by the FDA, resulting in many deaths and recalls every year due to their insufficient regulation? Now they expect to be able to regulate even more? And effectively? This is just a ploy by the pharmacutical companies to make more money, like they need it anyway. I am genuinely disgusted.
Don't worry too much; many of the dietary supplement brands are held by large pharmaceutical companies. They really don't have a financial interest in restricting access to what is for them a high profit market. This bill will just improve the quality of supplements. Still doesn't change the fact that most dietary supplements are a waste of money and unnecessary.
Why wouldn't supplements just be put through the same process as over the counter meds? Seems like big pharma is calling the shots on everything these days. If you want supplements that are rigorously tested, take a look at the BioVeda website. I like their products much more than what you can get off the shelf at wal-mart... www.biovedawellness.com