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…

201110.25
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Making the List …and Making a Point

Just recently, CMG partner Rick Collins was named to a high profile list of the country’s “Most Controversial Health Figures” – coming in at  #8 (just below  Dr. Oz, but above celebrities like Richard Simmons, Jamie Oliver and Kim Kardashian – see the whole list here: http://www.livestrong.com/slideshow/546327-most-controversial-health-figures/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=111011#slide-18 ).  Rick is one of the country’s leading…

201103.21
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China to Tighten Quality Control of Raw Materials for Dietary Supplements

Chinese media sources (www.xinhuanet.com) report that China’s State Food and Drug Administration (SFDA) issued a circular on Friday requiring manufacturers of dietary supplements to tighten quality control over raw materials by reviewing the qualifications of raw material suppliers and inspecting the suppliers’ products regularly. The suppliers must improve the quality control of raw materials and manufacturers…

201103.14
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Leahy’s Food Bill Could Affect Supplements Too

Senator Patrick Leahy has re-introduced a bill that aims to impose strict penalties on people who knowingly distribute contaminated food.  The bill would allow prison terms of up to 10 years.  While most people will look at this bill as addressing the salmonella issue commonly associated with eggs, peanuts, and other foods often seen in the headlines, one must not…

201011.23
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“Spiked” and “Tainted” Supplements

Last month it was reported that about one-third of FDA’s 90 dietary supplement Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) inspections in fiscal 2010 revealed severe compliance problems.  The most common GMP problem was reportedly “inadequate identity testing.”  Undoubtedly, relying on certificates of analysis from the raw materials supplier without further testing, or failing to conduct identity testing…

201011.19
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CDER Enforcement Priorities Include “Spiked” Dietary Supplements

The Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER) has indicated that among its’ enforcement priorities, CDER will take special aim at the manufacturers of dietary supplements found to be spiked with pharmaceuticals. Echoing the sentiments of FDA Principal Deputy Commissioner Josh Sharfstein, CDER has indicated that the areas identified within the industry as having the…

201011.19
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Park Doctrine May Spell Trouble For Pharma/Supplement Industries

Manufacturers, beware. FDA has announced plans to utilize the Park Doctrine to bring misdemeanor charges against CEOs and other corporate officers for violations of the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act. The agency says that it will begin to put increased pressure on federal prosecutors to take misdemeanor cases, hoping that the fear of conviction will…

201005.24
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New Steroid Law Still En Route?

Some law-makers in Washington have been asking, how did “hidden steroids” get into bodybuilding supplements when the amended steroid law of 2004 was supposed to have solved the problem?  Supplement industry critic Senator Arlen Specter [D-PA] chaired a Senate subcommittee hearing last September (http://judiciary.senate.gov/hearings/hearing.cfm?id=4081) to get some answers from DEA and FDA brass. The Senator appeared…