Same Legislative Focus For Consumer Health As Its Hill Champions Change
OTC drug and dietary supplement industries still emphasize lobbying for allowing direct purchases of their [products with pre-tax health savings accounts; streamlining FDA's process for adding OTC monograph ingredients and indications; and making multivitamins eligible for purchase with food stamps. They also remain vigilant about keeping Congress' hands off DSHEA, which reaches its 25th anniversary in October.
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House and Senate bills would amend regulations for USDA program "to make certain multivitamin-mineral dietary supplements eligible for purchase with supplemental nutrition assistance program benefits." Trade groups, other industry stakeholders and public health advocacy groups have lobbied Congress for more than a decade to make multivitamins eligible for SNAP purchases.