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Supplement Health Claim Approval Costs Unaffordable, Economist Says

This article was originally published in The Tan Sheet

Executive Summary

Dietary supplement companies would have to spend between $58 mil. and $348 mil. for NDA-type approval for each of six health claims they seek to make under FDA's significant scientific agreement standard, an Emory University economist maintains.

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