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What’s in Your Protein? Nitrogen Spiking in the Sports Nutrition Industry

On July 1, 2014, a consumer class action complaint was filed in the Federal District Court for the Central District of California against a dietary supplement company alleging that two of their whey protein products were misleading consumers as to protein content.  Protein content is indirectly determined by testing the nitrogen content of the product. …

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Rick Collins Featured In This Month’s Men’s Fitness Magazine

Rick Addresses Differences Between Performance Enhancing Drugs and Supplements, and Offers Insight into Dietary Supplement Law and Current Supplement Regulation Rick Collins is featured in this month’s Men’s Fitness magazine – where he provides important legal information about the differences between steroids and supplements, and addresses some of the legal issues surrounding fitness supplements and…

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FDA Issues Final Rule Prohibiting Nutrient Content Claims for Certain Omega-3 Fatty Acids

FDA has just finalized its 2007 proposed rule prohibiting nutrient content claims for the omega-3 fatty acids docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA).  The final rule also prohibits some claims for alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), while taking no action with respect to other such claims for ALA. A nutrient content claim is a statement on…

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Rick Collins Quoted In Two Articles In “The Tan Sheet”

Rick Provides Insight into FDA Law Regarding Sucanon NDI Notification Decision  Rick Collins was recently featured in two articles in “The Tan Sheet” – one of the supplement industry’s top weekly trade publications that provides in-depth coverage of news related to nonprescription pharmaceuticals and dietary supplements.  Both articles were in response to the FDA’s recent…

201403.19
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CMG’s Latest Supplement Newsletter Addresses Timely Industry Developments

Spring “Health and Fitness Supplement News” Offers Supplement Industry News and Insight for Supplement Companies Winter-Spring_2014_Newsletter The spring issue of CMG’s “Health and Fitness Supplement News” is out – offering some timely industry news and legal insight surrounding some of the most critical issues facing supplement companies and supplement industry professionals today. The issue explores…

201402.24
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Rick Collins, Alan Feldstein and David Torreblanca to Attend the 2014 Arnold Sports Festival

The Dietary Supplements division of Collins, McDonald & Gann is preparing to head to Columbus, Ohio for the upcoming 2014 Arnold Sports Festival – the largest multi-sports event in the nation.  Rick Collins, Alan Feldstein and new associate attorney David Torreblanca will be attending this year’s Arnold Sports Festival, which is expected to draw more…

201311.18
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What Dietary Supplement Companies Need To Know About Claims Substantiation And FDA/FTC Compliance: Important Information for Supplement Companies from Alan Feldstein’s Presentation at Supply Side West

On November 14th, Alan Feldstein, Of Counsel to Collins, McDonald & Gann, spoke about claim substantiation for dietary supplements at Supply Side West in Las Vegas.  Here are some of the highlights from Alan’s speech: To be successful, supplement companies must advertise the effects of their products by making claims.  Stronger claims may require more…

201311.06
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How Do YOU Handle Adverse Event Reports?

Suppose that somebody calls your dietary supplement company to report that he experienced shortness of breath and heart palpitations shortly after taking one of your products.  He is en route to the hospital, and he believes that your product is to blame.  Who at your business takes this call?  How does he or she respond? …

201310.21
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The Attack on Industry Continues as Newsday Proclaims “Problems Persist in Supplement Industry”

This weekend’s Newsday featured an article lamenting the perceived under-regulation of dietary supplement companies.  Citing contaminated products and discussing the “poisons” in supplements, the article is sure to alarm consumers.  However, the reality is that dietary supplements are heavily regulated, and the vast majority of supplements are no more harmful than any other food. The statement…