US Consumer Health 2020 News: ’60 Minutes’ Probiotic Dip Tops Switches, Monograph, Pandemic
Supplement industry’s bullseye on “60 Minutes” after its June segment critical of probiotic health benefits generated the most reads for a US consumer health and overall for HBW Insight articles in 2020. Articles about COVID-19 enforcement actions weren’t as widely read as coverage of FDA’s reorganization in its OTC drug offices and its approvals of additional ingredients to be available OTC.
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Appropriations Committee’s report with Agriculture, Rural Development, FDA and Related Agencies FY2021 budget bill also reiterated concern about adding acetaminophen dosing information for children to OTC monograph. But its mentions of FDA initiative to expand ingredients available OTC and homeopathic market oversight were firsts.
A recent segment of CBS News “60 Minutes” discussing potential health benefits from probiotics was highly criticized by groups including the Consumer Healthcare Products Association, the Council for Responsible Nutrition, the Natural Products Association and the International Probiotics Association.