Alarm bells are sounding. Some say it’s false alarm, or storm in a tea cup. This is the camp calling for stronger FDA regulations on nutritional supplements. On the other side (the other camp) are those who hold that new regulations are needed. According to a recent post, the new draft regulations may have far-reaching effects, most of them not positive.
Is this the proverbial road to hell? Indeed, there are many cases where good intentions have resulted in not so good if not outright bad effects. In this case, that supplement or alternative health product you may be taking could cost more, or disappear altogether.
The Alliance for Natural Health USA (ANH-USA), a national grassroots advocacy group based in Washington, DC committed to natural and sustainable healthcare, estimates that between 15,000 and 30,000 nutritional supplements will be permanently removed from the marketplace if FDA is able to implement its New Dietary Ingredient (NDI) Draft Guidance for the supplement industry. “The Natural Products Expo West is an outstanding opportunity for ANH-USA to connect with the 58,0000 attendees of world’s largest natural and organic products trade show and ask them to help protect access to vitamin supplements,” said Gretchen DuBeau, executive and legal director of ANH-USA.
At issue is the NDI draft guidance, which if implemented, would have disastrous effects on the entire natural health community. A report commissioned by ANH-USA estimates that the proposed FDA regulation would cost nutritional supplement manufacturers and distributors up to $6.1 billion just to meet the onerous new requirements. The report also found that if the new rules are implemented, 52.5% of nutritional supplements currently on the market would be banned from sale, at an annual loss of up to $14.7 billion. “One thing is certain,” DuBeau stated. “If the FDA adopts its NDI draft guidance, the disastrous impacts will be felt throughout the entire community–manufacturers, retailers, health practitioners, and consumers will have far fewer choices and far higher costs.”
DuBeau noted that many natural health consumers, practitioners, and industry representatives have already voiced their concern. Since the NDI draft guidance was introduced last year, 400,000 messages were sent to Congress and FDA through ANH-USA’s efforts. “But we’re only just ramping up our efforts. We look forward to the support, the insights, and most important of all, the assistance of the world’s largest natural and organic products trade show and its 58,000 attendees,” stated DuBeau. See the full original post
As a health supplements consumer, I want to know that my fish oil or multivitamin supplement of choice will be available and at a price that I can afford. In a field where fewer will be able to play due to regulatory bottlenecks, this might mean less competition and therefore higher prices. Not to mention, less incentive to improve products or innovate.