Dec. 8th, 2006

[identity profile] caletara.livejournal.com
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.

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