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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NPA asks Congress to include supplements in legislation defining "medical expenses” covered by pre-tax health savings accounts. The trade group says industry would prefer supplements were included with OTC drugs in provision in recently passed COVID-19 relief legislation that changed pre-tax account rules.
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