Appetite In Congress For Adding Supplements To Pre-tax Savings Grows By Another House Bill
Reps. Brendan Boyle and Darin LaHood introduce Dietary Supplement Tax Fairness Ac to amend Internal Revenue Code to include some supplement products as qualified medical expenses.
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Support from members of both parties is a good start, supplement industry trade groups say, but reaching a finish line of passing a bill on its own doesn’t appear likely in 2021, while the odds might be better on adding the legislation as a provision to a broader bill.
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.
FDA will “determine if rulemaking to make NAC lawful as a dietary supplement is appropriate.” Agency issued tentative responses to Council for Responsible Nutrition and Natural Products Association’s petitions asking for halt to warnings and other enforcement against firms marketing supplements containing NAC.