Supplement Sellers Are ‘Essential’ Businesses During Pandemic, NPA Appeals To States
As states and territories order closures of non-essential businesses, with supermarkets and pharmacies considered essential stores, NPA urges governors to consider the importance of its members’ and other natural health product firms’ contributions to their communities.
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It’s unlikely any industry stakeholder or FDA official expected a bill providing emergency economic relief to consumers, industries and health care services and facilities in response to a pandemic, including extensive support opportunities for small businesses, would be the vehicle that delivers on both of the industry’s congressional wishes. The supplement industry also looks for help in CARES Act.
“We have a responsibility to stay open and provide essential services, and that is exactly what we are going to do,” says NPA head Dan Fabricant. AHPA, CHPA, CRN and UNPA ask all US states to include VMS retailers and other nutritional supplement stores as part of “critical infrastructure” the Trump administration said must continue operating as the country responds to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Consumer health product firms say the coronavirus will have an impact on their results, but it’s too early to estimate the costs. US FDA also hedges its predictions, saying the outbreak could lead to interruptions in country’s drug and medical device supplies. China's health commission has issued six guidelines for diagnosis and treatment, but no conventional antiviral treatment is approved and it's emphasizing traditional Chinese medicines.