Supplement Groups Seek Hill Champions For DSHEA Defense in 2014
This article was originally published in The Tan Sheet
A top legislative priority for the supplement industry in 2014 is developing congressional champions who can help it defend DSHEA, navigate potential labeling legislation, push for coverage under health savings accounts and meet other goals.
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“We would certainly want to have some enforcement and be able to utilize that enforcement,” says ODSP acting director Cara Welch. Stakeholders opposed to the change should “get comfortable with the idea of opening up DSHEA and should most certainly be part of the discussion.”
The Consumer Healthcare Products Association’s No. 1 legislative priority in 2014 is restoring OTC coverage by flexible spending and health savings accounts, followed by a “close No. 2” goal of establishing an age requirement to buy DXM products. Other goals include protecting access to PSE products and blocking take-back programs.
FDA adds acetaminophen warnings; CHPA suggests 4-aminophenol standard; OTC HSA bill in House; supplement registration bill reintroduced; FSMA user fees still on hold; more scrutiny of energy drinks; and Public Citizen pans OTC Oxytrol.