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You Did It!! Durbin’s Anti-Supplement Amendment Was Killed!!

Thousands of members of the natural health community called and wrote Senate offices between yesterday and today, calling on their Senators to oppose an anti-supplement amendment, Amendment No. 2127, from Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) that would have ridden the coattails of the FDA Safety and Innovation Act (S. 3187), also known as the FDA User Fee bill (S.3187).

And you won!!!

Durbin’s amendment that was defeated today would have created a new law that would have circumvented or ignored: the guidelines outlined even in the fatally flawed NDI Draft Guidance; the facility registration rules already in place under the Bioterrorism Act of 2001; and the over 35,000 product labels already on file with the FDA and the US National Library of Medicine.

The failed amendment would have been a product registration nightmare creating burdensome and unnecessary registration of all safe dietary supplements, moving supplement labeling submission requirements that much closer to drug-like regulations that we see in Canada and Europe today.

Tens of thousands of products would have had to be removed from store shelves in order to be made compliant with new, completely unwarranted 30-day post-market product and label registration requirements.

This legislation was defeated today via a motion to table the amendment by supplements champion Senator Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) and Senator Orrin Hatch (R-Utah).

Our thanks to both Senators and to all of you!!

Our victory today reminds us of how important our health freedoms are, and how extra-vigilant we need to be every day.

The price of freedom is eternal vigilance!



Written by

Vice President and Senior Policy Advisor of Citizens for Health and a principal of Gormley NPI Consulting, James Gormley served as the Editor-in-Chief of "Better Nutrition" magazine and Editorial Director of the Vitamin Retailer Magazine group. He also served as the Scientific and Regulatory Affairs officer for Nutrition 21 and attended Codex Alimentarius meetings in Paris and Rome. An award-winning blogger and author of six books, including "Health at Gunpoint: The FDA’s Silent War Against Health Freedom," Gormley has been a leading consumer health advocate for nearly 20 years.

13 Responses to “You Did It!! Durbin’s Anti-Supplement Amendment Was Killed!!”

By dv - 24 May 2012 Reply

I wish there was a link to show the votes of all Senators. Thanks.

By azrider - 28 May 2012 Reply

I don’t know what other bill you’re talking about but S. 3137 PASSED on May 24th

By James Gormley - 28 May 2012 Reply

Hi, yes S. 3187 passed, but the anti-supplement AMENDMENT to it, Amendment Number 2127 was defeated!!
Many thanks.

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