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State Lawmakers Look to Ban DMAA

In 2012, FDA warned numerous companies that synthetic DMAA (1,3-dimethylamylamine) is not a dietary ingredient, and now state lawmakers have submitted proposals to regulate the ingredient at the state level.  For example, on January 17, 2013, New York State Senate Co-Leader Sen. Jeff Klein submitted legislation to ban sales of products containing DMAA in New…

201301.15
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The Need for Truthful Reporting in the Dietary Supplement Industry

On January 8, 2013 the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) reversed a statement it previously made in a December 19, 2012 article regarding the adverse effects of energy drinks.   In the December article, JAMA misrepresented FDA’s regulatory control over the energy drink market by claiming that FDA does not regulate energy drinks.  JAMA…

201212.19
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Dietary Supplements & the Sports Industry: Rick Collins Quoted in HERBALGRAM

Check out the November 2012-January 2013 issue of HERBALGRAM, The Journal of the American Botanical Council in which Rick Collins is quoted in the featured article about the use of dietary supplements in the sports industry. The article, titled Dietary Supplements and Botanicals in Sports: Evidence, Regulation, and Doping Controversies describes the relationship between professional…

201210.30
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NAD Updates: Recent Policy Updates and Decisions Affecting the Supplement Industry

The National Advertising Division (NAD) has been keeping busy following its annual conference earlier this month.  Here is a summary of its recent decisions and policy updates that will affect dietary supplement and sports nutrition product manufacturers*: In response to advertisers facing an increase in class action suits after NAD review, the Advertising Self-Regulatory Council…

201208.02
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The New Designer Steroid Bill and YOU: Questions and Answers with Rick Collins

Q: What is the “2012 Designer Anabolic Steroid Control Act Draft Bill”? A: It’s a Senate Bill (SB 3431) introduced by Senators Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) and referred to the Judiciary Committee.  If passed by Congress, it will amend the Controlled Substances Act to more aggressively regulate steroidal substances being sold as…

201207.26
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The Designer Anabolic Steroid Control Act of 2012: The end of the “Prohormone Era”?

Senator Orrin Hatch and Senator Sheldon Whitehouse have just introduced2012 Designer Anabolic Steroid Control Act. The bill is apparently intended to address any and all prohormone products that remain on the market. The bill appears to not only add an additional 27 substances to the list of Scheduled Anabolic Steroids, but it expands on the…

201201.06
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Senators Urge FDA to Withdraw NDI Draft Guidance: Encouraging News for the Supplement Industry

In what may be considered highly encouraging and promising news for the supplement industry, Senators Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) have asked FDA Commissioner Dr. Margaret Hamburg to withdraw the controversial NDI Draft Guidance — and replace it with a new draft that, according to the Senators, “will provide needed clarification on what constitutes…

201104.12
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Is Your Dietary Supplement Company Registered With the FDA?

The requirement that “food facilities” register with the FDA is a provision of the Public Health Security and Bioterrorism Preparedness and Response Act of 2002 (“the Bioterrorism Act”). Dietary supplements are classified as “food” under the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act (FDCA) as well as under Section 1.227 of the Bioterrorism Act. Therefore, dietary supplement…