ALERT – WE NEED YOUR HELP TODAY RE: DIETARY SUPPLEMENTS!

Sunday, May 9, 2010 @ 07:05 PM
posted by Mik and Rudi
Call and Fax Your Senators Immediately THIS WEEK …
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Right now on the Senate floor is Senator Dodd’s Senate Bill 3217, Restoring American Financial Stability Act of 2010. We have to make sure to keep out a provision to expand the Federal Trade Commission’s authority.  On the House side, Congressman Waxman (D-CA) slipped Section 4901 into the 1700+ page House bill, HR 4173, the Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act.  It is thought that Senator Jay Rockefeller (D-WV) who is Chairman of the Commerce, Science and Technology Committee is likely to offer an Amendment on the floor of the Senate during the current debate on S 3217 to include section 4901 – We need every Senator to vote no on the inclusion of the above amendment proposed for S. 3217.
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If we don’t get it removed NOW, the section will become law in the conference committee, and it will be very difficult to stop it there.
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EXPLANATION of AMENDMENT: With the expanded power granted, the FTC will have the authority to develop new rules on what information dietary supplement manufacturers can and cannot use as substantiation of their products. Their goal will be to require the industries to have conducted two large randomized, placebo controlled clinical trials on every product they market for which any claim of benefit is made. This is the drug model of information substantiation that cost drug companies a BILLION dollars to bring a patented drug to market. It is not a sustainable model for the dietary supplement and food industries. This will undermine the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act of 1994.
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WE NEED TO STOP THIS!
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Please call your two Senators today – tell them you do not want the FTC to have expanded authority, to keep that Amendment out of the Senate Bill and to keep Section 4901 of the House bill out of the final bill that becomes law.
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We have a letter that you can download here for your convenience, please sign and fax immediately.
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We are not the only ones opposing this amendment. It has broad reaching effects – even the US Chamber of Commerce Opposes this. However, it will be our grass roots efforts and others in the dietary supplement industry that will alert Senators and keep them from jumping on board with Senator Rockefeller.
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We must act immediately.  We must act together.
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