"New legislation targeting nutritional supplements would considerably broaden the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) already expansive regulatory authority by allowing the FDA to impose draconian restrictions on developers, manufacturers, and sellers of nutritional products and on the products themselves.
The misleadingly titled Dietary Supplement Safety Act, introduced by Senator John McCain on February 4 as S. 3002 (bill text), is a regulatory scheme which would dictate which vitamins, minerals, or herbal products will be permitted for use and in what potency; install an onerous registration system for dietary supplement manufacturers; impose a burdensome documentation process for sellers complete with monetary penalties for non-compliance; and grant sole discretionary powers to the Secretary for immediate product recall.
The very broadly written bill leaves much room for the government to interpret its own definitions for terms like “adulterated,” “misbranded,” and “reasonable probability.” It would even make mandatory the reporting of minor side effects, which is not required for even the worst FDA-approved drugs. A Pandora’s box of intended and unintended legal complications and government harassment of nutritional supplement manufacturers and sellers could very well be unleashed if this bill is passed."
Folks, we NEED to get this one shot down - quickly. It's yet another massive government intrusion into our freedom of choice as regards our health-care choices. Passage GUARANTEES destruction of many supplement companies and a complete gutting of any benefit to be derived from taking supplements in the future, due to dosage restrictions, banning of new supplements and sending the cost of ALL those left through the roof. It's ONLY goal would be to make more money out of YOUR pocket for both the government AND the giant pharmaceutical companies.
PLEASE contact our Senators about this one!