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Dietary Supplement Industry Commends FDA's Actions to Eliminate Drugs Masquerading as Supplements
Date:12/15/2010

WASHINGTON, Dec. 15, 2010 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The dietary supplement industry's leading trade associations today joined forces with FDA to support heightened efforts to address significant public health problems posed by products that are illegally marketed as dietary supplements but contain the same active ingredients as FDA-approved drugs or other ingredients that do not qualify as dietary ingredients.

Representatives from the American Herbal Products Association (AHPA), the Consumer Healthcare Products Association (CHPA), the Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN), the Natural Products Association (NPA), and the United Natural Products Alliance (UNPA) joined FDA's Principal Deputy Commissioner Joshua M. Sharfstein, M.D., at a press teleconference today where he announced steps the agency is taking to address this serious issue.  The industry trade associations pledged their support to help FDA rid the market of illegal products that both pose a danger to consumers and tarnish the reputation of the legitimate supplement industry.

The industry coalition also endorsed FDA's actions to use its regulatory muscle to hold accountable those who violate the law and jeopardize the public health, using tough criminal sanctions when appropriate.  In addition, by being transparent and engaging in ongoing dialogue with the supplement industry, the agency is acknowledging its understanding of the vital role that the associations can play in helping to ensure that consumers have access to safe, high quality products.  

FDA's concerns focus on three categories of products particularly susceptible to spiking with undisclosed ingredients:  weight loss, sexual enhancement and body building, categories in which consumers may be looking for immediate or dramatic results.  In a letter to the industry asking for support to address this problem, the agency signaled its acknowledgment that there are legitimate dietary supplement pr
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SOURCE Council for Responsible Nutrition; American Herbal Products Association; Consumer Healthcare Products Association; Natural Products Association; United Natural Products Alliance
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