Supplement Sneak Attack: Update

August 5, 2021

What became of Senator Dick Durbin’s (D-IL) attempt to pass more regulations on dietary supplements. Action Alert!

Recently we alerted ANH members about another supplement sneak attack from Senator Durbin that would institute a mandatory listing requirement for dietary supplements. The good news is that Sen. Durbin has, so far, held off on introducing this legislation, so ANH member advocacy alongside other stakeholder actions have likely deterred him. We are, however, continuing to reach out to Congress to oppose mandatory listing for supplements since we know Sen. Durbin is still looking for an opportunity get it through.

We know Senator Durbin’s goal is, and has been, to create a mandatory product listing with the FDA, which seems innocuous but is not. The problem is that FDA is separately completing a process to eliminate every supplement from the market that doesn’t meet “new supplement” notification requirements, which are akin to new drug requirements, and the FDA needs Sen. Durbin’s list to locate and pull an estimated 41,700 supplements from the market.

Such notification requirements may seem reasonable, even laudable, but they will restrict consumer access to supplements. Drugs can afford these types of requirements because they are patentable in a way natural food supplements are not, which means that supplements do not have the ability to recoup the costs of complying with additional regulations. This will either force companies to go out of business or it will make supplements so expensive that they are priced out of the market.

Mandatory listing is also a solution in search of a problem since we know that supplements have a consistently sterling record of safety.

We will continue to closely monitor the situation and update you accordingly. In the meantime, we need to keep up the pressure to make sure this bad proposal doesn’t move forward.

Action Alert! Write to Congress and oppose any efforts to pass mandatory listing for dietary supplements. Please send your message immediately.

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26 responses to “Supplement Sneak Attack: Update”

  1. Janet Murray says:

    When i am sick I like to take natural not drugs.. side effects.. doing this 45 years.. Not gonna stop.. Please help protect our right to choose. Many thanks

  2. Dr. Paul says:

    Durbin is a mandarin. He has a long history of pandering to Big Pharma.
    The war has many skirmish led by the senator.
    He needs to be ousted, and prosecuted.

  3. Jin Brown says:

    Stop big pharma from destroying medicines that have been used for centuries. Do not let this issue slide or simple relief and cures will become like all these years of trying to suppress cannabis. ITS ALL ABOUT THE $$$$$$$ regardless of what high-sounding lies BIG PHARMA will imply. Just compare homeopathic medicine costs with those of BIG PHARMA ANDask those of us who have tried BOTH!

  4. James Wielin says:

    Nutrition supplements are helpful to many people’s health. They are foods that people would like to have to supplement their diets. For example, vitamins like D3, chewable vitamins C, and rutin as well as many others, that people like to take that they don’t enough in there meals. We don’t want these things to be regulated by doctors prescriptions, for example. That would make these healthy foods too expensive for many people if they were regulated by, for example, through doctor prescriptions.

  5. sandra s wolf says:

    Congress to oppose mandatory listing for supplements since we know Sen. Durbin is still looking for an opportunity get it through.

  6. Richie Onori says:

    We need to take back personal choice-
    Don’t take our rights away
    We fought hard to keep them
    Stop this BS now

  7. Glenis Batley says:

    I am NOT going to go to a doctor to get a prescription for my nutritional supplements. Durbin’s sneaky bill violates past health freedom laws. It only benefits big pharma. Bunch of crooks.

  8. Nancy Brown says:

    Supplements are a lot healthier than pharmaceuticals!

  9. Megan Robinson says:

    I am opposed to mandatory listing of supplements. I rely on the supplements of MY OWN CHOOSING every day. Restricting people’s access to supplements, is restricting our freedom. Please oppose this effort!

  10. Diane Stewart says:

    Natural supplements are natural, no need for interference from fda.

  11. Phyllis Arellano says:

    Please do not mess with the supplemnets. I need them.

  12. Bharat Adarkar says:

    Congress please oppose any efforts to pass mandatory listing for dietary supplements.

  13. Robin Smith says:

    This is unconscionable! Please oppose this bill with everything in you!
    Thank you!

  14. Kaylene Vargo says:

    I oppose any efforts to pass mandatory listing for dietary supplements.

  15. al says:

    Supplement’s ar e just that, they supplement the our inadequate food system!

  16. Jean M Jakusz says:

    Stop the Assault on 41700 supplements.

  17. Stop Senator Dick Durbins sneak attack against nutritional and dietary supplements. His proposal to require the listing of all dietary supplements with the FDA is a prelude to banning them altogether by requiirng cost prohibitive new drug approval and using Codex regulatins to place all US dietary supplements under international law. This is both Unconstitutional and a sellout to the existing market monopolies of Big Pharma. We need competioon in the market place that is now all but impossible due to the growth of regjulations that creates a financial blockade against all low cost medicines. We need an emendment to the definition of drug under the FDC Act that has exlusions including the use of food as medicine and all edible plants and all other non-patentable remedies omtmeded fpr tje prevention or mitigationof disease in man or animals. Only adding an exlcusion clause to the definition of “drug” will open the door to hundreds or low cost remedies to be made available to all Americans.

  18. This comment has been proof read.
    Stop Senator Dick Durbins sneak attack against nutritional and dietary supplements. His proposal to require the listing of all dietary supplements with the FDA is a prelude to banning them altogether by requiirng cost prohibitive new drug approval and using Codex regulatins to place all US dietary supplements under international law. This is both Unconstitutional and a sellout to the existing market monopolies of Big Pharma. We need competition in the market place that is now all but impossible due to the growth of regjulations that creates a financial blockade against all low cost medicines. We need an emendment to the definition of drug under the FDC Act that states:
    “Excluded from the defintion of drug is the use of food as medicine, edible plants, and all other non-patentable remedies intended for the prevention or mitigation of disease in man or animals.”
    Only by adding an exclusion clause to the definition of “drug” will the law open the door to hundreds or low cost remedies to be made available to all Americans.

  19. Deborah says:

    Vitamins are not drugs and do not need to be listed. They are only supplemental for needed nutritional supplements. The pharmaceutical companies should not have power over vitamin, profits from them or who takes them.

  20. Regulation is not needed

  21. Kimberly Haley says:

    This is going to be a another stupid attempt at curtailing a humans right to choose. Oh yeah I have been pharrma drug free because I know how to use supplements effectively. They work mostly without side effects I have very healthy ever since no brainer for me.

  22. Diana Winters says:

    Dear Sirs we need the natural herbs that was given to us by the allmighty God that has created evrything these herbs gives us life and not a early grave like the so call man made crap which is drugs I do not take drugs at all and Iam very healthy and I will be turing 69 years old this month of August because I take care of myself with the herbs that God has given me so I think everyone needs to change for the drug addction to freedom. So we need natrual prodcts more than ever.

  23. Henry Massery says:

    Our bodies require certain vitamins, minerals, and other supplements that our food just doesn’t supply. It is necessary to take vitamins to keep our bodies at optimum level thus activating our own immunity system while keeping us healthy. The farm industry came out in the 1920s stating that the soil was deficient in necessary minerals to offer good healthy food. Nothing has changed since then but only has gotten worse. Food is picked way before it is even close to being ripe and is expected to ripen while in the shipping, storage, and while on display for sale. This is not working well at all. Prices keep going up and the quality keeps going down. We need our vitamins to stay healthy.

  24. James Massey says:

    Please do-nothing to disrupt the sterling record of SAFETY of supplements in the USA !!!

  25. Jill Shank says:

    Americans should not lose access to health supplements. We must not become communist China.

  26. Anton McInerney says:

    Make them pay taxes like everyone else!

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