[identity profile] caletara.livejournal.com posting in [community profile] ethnobotanpharm
Let me know if this isnt okay, but I just wanted to let everyone know about this bill.the AER bill PASSED the Senate on the consent calendar and was sent over to the House. It is not on the House calendar yet today, but we have until end of tomorrow for session. The AER bill would make mandatory the reporting of serious side effects and disregarding vitamins and herbs as dietary supplements, treating them as prescription and OTC drugs. This is a step toward making them by prescription only. It would require the reporting of 'serious' adverse events for dietary supplements(read herbs and vitamins) to the FDA. All supplements would be marked with contact information and not treated as food or dietary supplements anymore but as medication and drugs. The WHO has been trying for a number of years to pass the codex alimantarius, which would require vitamins over a certain mg and all herbs to be by perscription only. This cannot happen if they are still labeled and treated as food. If this passes, herbs and vitamins may not be on the shelf and OTC anymore.

A chance still exists that it could be heard or tacked on to another bill. It is all
happening very fast.

Here's what to do now:

Immediately call for a STOP to S 3546 and HR 6168 AER bills to these four key

Congressman John Boehner of Ohio, House Majority Leader

Washington, DC Office
1011 Longworth H.O.B.
Washington, DC 20515
(202) 225-6205
(202) 225-0704 fax Toll-free number
Residents of the 8th District of Ohio may use this toll-free number: (800) 582-1001

Congressman Roy Blunt from Missouri, House Majority Whip

Mailing Address and Phone
H-329 The Capitol
Washington, DC 20515
Phone: (202)225-0197

Congressman Dennis Hastert (R-IL) from Illinois, House Speaker

Washington DC Office
235 Cannon House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
Phone: (202) 225-2976
Fax: (202) 225-0697

Congressman Joe L. Barton of Texas, Chairman Energy and Commerce Committee

Washington Office
2109 Rayburn Building
Washington, DC 20515
(202) 225-2002
(202) 225-3052 fax Arlington Office
6001 West I-20, Suite 200
Arlington, Texas 76017
(817) 543-1000
(817) 548-7029 fax

Call by phone or

Go to the HEALTHKEEPERS ALLIANCE <http://www.healthkeepers.net?id=12062006> WEBSITE
and send an email to oppose the AER bill NOW.

When you make contact, tell them
+ that you know that dietary supplements are nutrients with good food regulations in
the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act,
+ that they should not be treated as risky drugs,
+ that you want them to continue to be treated as foods and
+ that the government has the burden to show harm before they put more onerous
regulations on them.

X-posted to apothecarium, natural living, bloodmoon herbs, ethnobotanpharm, and herbalist_guild
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