Monday, February 22, 2010


I sent the following to Senator John McCain.  He's been sniffing something illegal if he thinks this bill will protect the public.  Quite the contrary.  He probably needs to take some supplements to stave off the creeping confusion he seems to be exhibiting!

Senator McCain:  I will not vote for you if you continue trying to advance your bill falsely labeled as the  "Dietary Supplement Safety Act of 2010" (S. 3002).  The FDA is an incompetent agency and is too friendly with the drug companies.  Your bill, TDSSA,  would repeal key sections of the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act (DSHEA). DSHEA protects supplements if 1) they are food products that have been in the food supply and not chemically altered or 2) if they were sold as supplements prior to 1994, the year that DSHEA was passed. If a supplement fits one of these two descriptions, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) cannot arbitrarily ban it or reclassify it as a drug. You are citing the use of banned substances that may have come through supplements.  The problem is the illegal sale & use of steroids.  Why don't you insist that the FDA do its job to control illegal substances instead of going after the supplement industry.  I will campaign vigorously against you if you continue to pursue this course of action.  If you really want to help the American public, have your staff overhaul and make the FDA into a viable agency which is not beholden to Big Pharma!  The agency needs to be reorganized from the bottom up.

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