Massachusetts Bid Stalls To Age-Restrict Sales Of Bodybuilding, Weight Loss Supplements
This article was originally published in The Rose Sheet
"We spent a lot of time in Massachusetts trying to point out the flaws in the legislation," says CRN government relations chief Mike Greene. CRN and other stakeholders could focus on the Massachusetts bill because no other similar proposals surfaced in other state legislatures this year.
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MA and NY lawmakers propose prohibiting sales to consumers under 18 of supplements, OTC drugs for weight loss and muscle building and imposing $2,000 fines for violations. Supplement industry trade groups say the laws would not help solve eating disorders but would hammer retailers.
“By placing SARMs on the same schedule as other anabolic steroid, we’re ensuring a safer and more transparent marketplace," says Iowa Republica Chuck Grassley, who sponsored the bill with Rhode Island Democrat Sheldon Whitehouse.
National Eating Disorders Association-funded study projects tax would reduce purchases 10.3% for households with female children and 5.2% for all families. “Abuse of widely available, over-the-counter drugs and supplements such as diet pills, laxatives and diuretics by adolescents for weight control is well documented, yet manufacturers and retailers can sell them to minors without restriction,” says study author Bryn Austin of Harvard Medical School.