Tell Senate to oppose S. 3002 – Protect Access to Dietary Supplements

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Update:  While the Wall Street Journal is reporting today that Senator McCain has withdrawn his support from S. 3002, it is still important to keep the pressure on the Senate to make sure they do not pass this bill.

Dear AAPS Action Team,

Call your Senators (Capitol switchboard is 202-224-3121 or click here to find their direct numbers) and tell them to oppose Senators John McCain (R-AZ) and Byron Dorgan’s (D-ND) bill  S. 3002  “Dietary Supplement Safety Act of 2010” which would repeal key section of the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act (DSHEA).  DSHEA has protected consumers access to dietary supplements and limited the FDA’s power until now. If  S. 3002  passes it would;

  • require all supplements to be approved by the Federal government through a new and unspecified process. Only those ingredients that are on the approved dietary ingredient list can be sold.
  • any business or operation engaged in manufacturing, packaging, labeling, holding, or distributing dietary supplements would have to register with the Federal government.
  • new dietary supplements would have to go through a difficult and expensive process to be approved for use. Instead of considered safe and proven unsafe by the FDA, they will be considered unsafe by the FDA and need to be proven safe by the manufacturers.

The FDA already has the legal authority it needs to remove dietary supplements from the market that it deems dangerous and its against the law already for dietary supplement manufactures to sell drug tainted supplements.  Therefore the arguments used to support the bill are not supportable by the facts.

Tell your Senators to support consumers access to dietary supplements by not cosponsoring  the bill S. 3002  “Dietary Supplement Safety Act of 2010”  and also tell them to call Senators McCain and Dorgan and have them pull the bill.   

Thank you,

Michael D. Ostrolenk, MA, MFT
Public Policy Counsel
Association of American Physicians and Surgeons

8 Comments

  1. I support the McCain/Dorgan Bill to regulate the potential harmful effects of untested nutritionals. There are too many valid measures being considered in Congress that you present blanket opposition to. The Supplements Bill is one that should be supported. The denial tactics you use are reprehensible and have neither medical or scientific basis in fact. The misrepresentation of issues has forced me to rescind my support for your organization and to cancel my membership.

    M.J. Boehm MD, PhD

  2. I agree with Boehm, you guys are on the wrong side on this one. Either I am missing something or you guys need to reevaluate your position or at least give us more info and your rational for this opinion

  3. To the prior comments, what more info do you need than what is already stated above? “The FDA already has the legal authority it needs to remove dietary supplements from the market that it deems dangerous and its against the law already for dietary supplement manufactures to sell drug tainted supplements. Therefore the arguments used to support the bill are not supportable by the facts.” The last thing we need is more regulation by a government who thinks we the people cannot think for ourselves.

  4. I find it unbelievable that anyone in their right mind believes broccoli, as a nutritional needs tested. What’s next Boehm? Are you going to make me get a license to eat it too? I rely on my supplementation everyday. Without it I would be forced to eat your liver/kidney damaging drugs you want to shove down my throat. We, as an American people, are sick of this practice and are going to demand our God-given right to go buy our ginger in capsules if we choose, thank you.

    On the flip side, I would agree, the Nutritional Industry needs better policing standards that would stop the steriod injecting group from contaminating the waters but it’s definitely not the governments job. It’s even a wonder they’ve gotten passed the FDA in the first place, but NOT surprising.

    You seriously need to do your homework and offer up a better solution rather than rescinding the support of your much needed expertise.

  5. I have never had or been able to afford health insurance in my life. If it weren’t for the suppliments I take on a daily basis, including spirulina, vit c e d3, brain herbs, natural wild foraging, coq 10 and many others, i would probably be dead by now.eating natural foods and vitamins is a way of life and the govm’t needs to keep the heck out of it!!Get off our backs..this has happened before and was stopped by millions of people writing to say NO;now we need to say NO again.

  6. I strongly oppose S.B. 3002.

    The vast majority of people use supplements wisely, with few if any problems.

    In fact, we have a far bigger problem with prescription drugs that turn out to be dangerous and even deadly, after having received the FDA’s rubber-stamped blessing.

    The large drug companies basically control Washington D.C. They see a threat from the dietary supplement industry, and will do anything to get a toehold on the industry in order to eventually get a stranglehold on it.

    I agree that we need to say NO again.

  7. Doctors have one bag of tricks and health food groups have their bag of tricks. The government wants control of everything. Freedom means the right for us to pick which tick we want to use when. It is a shame that all medicines both natural and manufactured are not over the counter and treated like booze. The state could tax, and people would have freedom. Most of the drugs that we are not suppose to have at one time was or will be over the counter.

  8. For far too long the market has been flooded with “supplements” of questionable value. Not because they may or may not save a life, but simply because there is no evidence to even make the claim.
    Just because the label utilizes comforting words like “natural”, “organic” or “safe” doesn’t mean they are. The present law is clear, as long as they don’t claim to treat a disease they can say whatever they want without needing to prove it. Broccoli is not a supplement, is a vegetable. I’m yet to see broccoli (or any fruit or vegetable for that matter) growing as tablets or capsules.
    God does not make ginger in capsules, we do. Anything in a bottle is artificial and if it is for human consumption it should be subjected to scientific standards to prove they are truly safe, that they do what they claim, and more important that they are what they say they are.
    Just like medications, some supplements have been remove for safety issues. The problem is that the FDA can ONLY remove a supplement once the damage is done. They have no legal mechanism to ask manufacturers to warn of potential problems, like black box warnings or precaution sheets at the time you but the product. What this bill does is leveling the playing field by placing the burden of proof of safety on the manufacturer before the product is released, just like medications. I think it makes perfect sense.
    I’m horrified that the AAPS opposes such an important safety measure. The AAPS appears to be morphing into an extremist anti-goverment anarchist hate group from the free thinking medical society I knew many years ago.