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U.S. Senate Committee Hearing on Supplements set for May 26

The Senate Special Committee on Aging has scheduled a hearing entitled, “Dietary Supplements: What Seniors Need to Know.” The hearing, scheduled for 2 pm on Wednesday, May 26, 2010, will include testimony from the General Accountability Office concerning its investigation into “marketing practices” for herbal supplements.  Although the focus may be on the potential interactions…

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CRIMINAL CHARGES FOR EXECUTIVES: PART OF NEW FDA INITIATIVE

In a March 4th letter to Senator Chuck Grassley, the Ranking Member of the Committee on Finance, Commissioner Margaret Hamburg indicated that FDA plans to “increase the appropriate use of misdemeanor prosecutions … to hold responsible corporate officers accountable” and has developed a yet to be released criteria for determining when these criminal prosecutions will…

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John McCain Backs off Anti-Supplement Legislation

After offering the Dietary Supplement Safety Act of 2010, S. 3002, last month to more closely regulate and restrict the supplement industry, Arizona Senator John McCain reportedly has withdrawn his support for the bill and will now work with Senator Orrin Hatch of Utah on a revised legislative initiative.  McCain’s bill was applauded by anti-doping agencies but…

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CRIMINAL CHARGES FOR FALSE CLAIMS: Supplement Company Owner Pleads Guilty to Fraudulently Marketing Dietary Supplements

Making claims that a dietary supplement product can treat, cure or prevent a disease; making claims that are not substantiated or even worse, claiming that clinical studies have been performed when in fact, they have not, can result in substantial forfeiture of assets and federal criminal charges. The supplement industry is familiar with FDA and…

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New Report… CBS NEWS: “The ‘Legal’ Steroid Danger”

Sports nutrition supplements are back in the news and once again it’s not a positive story. Today CBS News ran a story entitled, “The ‘Legal’ Steroid Danger,” which featured several dietary supplement products that contain the substance 19-Norandrosta 4,9 diene- 3,17 dione (also known as Estra-4,9-dien-3,17-dione), which is purportedly a progestin similar to trenbolone, nandrolone…

200903.10
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New GAO Report May Bring Heightened Oversight of Supplements

The General Accountability Office (GAO) recently released a report to Congressional requesters on the issue of whether “FDA should take further actions to improve oversight and consumer understanding” of dietary supplements. In recommending that the Secretary of Health and Human Services direct the FDA Commissioner to request additional authority to oversee dietary supplements, one of…

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Welcome to the Supplement Counsel Blog of CMG!

The lawyers and support team of Collins, McDonald & Gann are proud to announce a new resource for the dietary supplement and sports nutrition products community.  We’ll be keeping industry informed about legal developments and news on a regular basis.  This weekend, like many in the sports nutrition industry, we’re off to the Arnold Sports…