Pharma 'Supplement' Bill Sneaking Thru Lame Congress
By Byron J. Richards, CCN
December 5, 2006
Update Dec. 7 2006
Change of plans from alert sent out yesterday. Scrap that alert, it
no longer applies to what we're facing on this battlefield because
the bad AER bill was rammed through the Senate last night at 9PM, and
I didn't get word of it til 5 minutes ago.
WHAT THIS MEANS & WHAT WE MUST DO NOW TO KILL THE BILL IN THE HOUSE
We must make calls to the following key Congressmen RIGHT AWAY all
day today (Thursday) and Friday if theres no action on it today.
Whats happening is that the Senate and House are playing tit for tat,
each group is trying to get the other to pass companion bills to
legislation that they've passed in their body. In other words, in our
case, since S.3546 has passed in the Senate, the Senate is now
pressuring the House to pass the companion bill which is HR6168
So..... we must call: 202-225-3121 (Capital Switchboard 24/7) and
2. Boehner- (tell him not to allow it to be put on the calendar- he
opposes the bill, but now theres going to be HUGE pressure on him to
let it be voted on.)
What to say: HR 6168, the Dietary Supplement and Non-Prescription Drug Consumer Protection Act (the “AER bill”).
"A large sector of the Dietary Supplement industry including Solgar, Nutraceutical Corp, Nature's Plus, Life Extension Foundation, Wellness Resources and many other companies oppose HR6168 Dietary Supplement and Nonprescription Drug Consumer Protection Act.
legislation has nothing in it to determine causality of an Adverse
event. Safe dietary supplements would be wrongly blamed for problems
actually caused by pharmaceutical drugs taken concurrently with one
or more dietary supplements- and there would be no medical or
scientific review required by FDA before they could release the
flawed "data" released by this witch hunt.
This would be atrial
lawyers dream, but its not good government and it would do nothing to
protect the public health. There must be hearings on this legislation, and there must be changes made to its language before it would actually serve its intended purpose. Do not ram it through on us
during the lame duck- if you do, you will enrage the millions of
dietary supplements who flooded congress with more mail during the
campaign to pass DSHEA than Congress ever received in its history on ANY issue."
Put some power behind your voice when you deliver this message- put some INFLECTION into your voice, let them FEEL your emotion!!
WE CAN KILL THIS BILL, but ONLY if you make the calls and urge all
your FRIENDS and FAMILY to also make the calls! If we can just HANG
IN THERE for the next 2 days and kill it in the House, then they'll
have to completely reintroduce the bill in the next congress and it
will be back to square one for the other side.
We MUST buy some time in order to get HEARINGS on this bill in the
next congress where we'd have the chance to de-fuse the ticking bomb by getting language changes into it to protect our interests! If we
don't take this very seriously, it will lead to the TOTAL DESTRUCTION
of the American dietary supplement industry. We'll see supplements
wrongly blamed for adverse reactions actually caused by Rx drugs
taken concurrently. We'll see "Trial by TV" like never before against
We'll see insurance companies jack up their premium costs beyond what
any of the small, innovative companies such as Wellness Resources or
Life Extension Foundation could afford, and we'd see a total Pharma
takeover of the industry occur. As it is now, we're dangling by a
THREAD, but we AREN'T DEAD YET, and while there is still BREATH in
our bodies, we MUST FIGHT!!
IAHF needs your help to get back to DC in January:
If we can kill the AER bill in the House during this lame duck
session which ends Friday, the bill would have to be reintroduced in
the next Congress under new bill numbers- they'd have to try again-
and we will have to push very hard for a HEARING on the bill in order
to get the changes made to it that we need.
The other side is pulling out all the stops to get this bill through
because it would enable the big supplement companies that could
afford the red tape to knock off the small companies that can't and
the big ones would gain hugely increased marketshare. Thank God not
all big companies are against us! Please be sure to THANK Nature's
Plus, Nutraceutical, and Solgar for being in our corner against NPA
IAHF 556 Boundary Bay Rd., Point Roberts WA 98281 or via paypal:
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For Health Freedom,
John C. Hammell, President
International Advocates for Health Freedom
556 Boundary Bay Road
Point Roberts, WA 98281-8702 USA
Big Pharma Trojan Horse Permeate Supplement Industry
Today I received an e-mail from the Natural Products Association (NPA) asking me to support the Dietary Supplement and Non-Prescription Drug Consumer Protection Act (the “AER bill”). Apparently they do not know I am one of the most outspoken critics of this legislation. I have already posted two articles on this topic for NWV, one in July and one in November. The NPA, formerly the NNFA (National Nutritional Foods Association), is the largest trade association for ingredient suppliers and health food stores. This group, along with CRN (the Council for Responsible Nutrition) has been taken over by Big Pharma and is selling out the supplement industry.
You as a consumer must weigh in on this subject before it is too late. Your options for effective natural solutions are in serious jeopardy. Immediate action is required to defend health freedom and your right to have therapeutic choices in natural health options.
Unfortunately, it is up to “we the American people” to save the supplement industry from traitorous groups pretending to be on your side. There is a serious attempt underway to push this bill through prior to the close of the lame duck session (apparently to end on December 8). Click here to take action now, tell your congressional leaders to vote "no" on Senate bill S. 3546 and House bill H.R. 6168.
This is what the December 4, 2006, NPA e-mail stated:
We’re contacting you because an important bill may soon be voted on in Congress. This legislation, which the Natural Products Association – along with the other leading dietary supplement trade groups – supports, is, S. 3546 in the Senate and H.R. 6168 in the House of Representatives.
Yes, these are the names of the bills and they are rotten to the core for consumers and the supplement industry.
Contrary to what you may have heard, this legislation will not affect the availability of dietary supplements or lead to closures of health food stores.
Wrong, an outright lie! This legislation may drastically reduce the availability of therapeutic supplements by linking them with adverse effects actually caused by drugs. True, health food stores are not likely to close. They will keep selling the lower quality Big Pharma brands, like One-A-Day (Bayer) and Centrum (Wyeth). About 80% of the supplement market is not really concerned about your health; this includes big box stores, most network marketing companies, drug stores, super markets, and internet fly-by-night operations. Big Pharma knows these brands pose no competition to their monopolistic drug cartel. Rather, Big Pharma wants all effective nutrition off the market – the really great products that fix diabetes, resolve depression, prevent heart disease, enable weight loss, fix fibromyalgia, and help a person survive cancer treatment. Big Pharma wants a sick America and will do anything to keep people in poor health and on multiple toxic drugs.
It’s also important to remember that the legislation would require only serious – such as life threatening– experiences, not just any complaint, to be reported. And keep in mind that the government already tracks adverse experiences that could be related to dietary supplements.
The FDA is currently unable to properly track adverse events caused by drugs and does not even know which drugs are safe. Over 100,000 Americans are killed each year by drugs, and at least 3 million are injured so severely it requires hospitalization. The FDA already has an adequate MedWatch reporting system for serious adverse events for dietary supplements. The proposed bill calls for supplement manufacturers to keep track of all complaints any person reports, serious or not, a standard far stricter than truly dangerous drugs! This is absolutely absurd.
If such legislation becomes law it will be used as a vehicle for the FDA to remove supplements from the market based on hearsay data. There is no mechanism in place for any supplement company to collect health information on the person reporting, including existing medications or health history. This means the legislation can and will be used as a witch hunt against effective natural options for health. Certainly, the lawyers at NPA and those supporting this bill are licking their chops at all the business this legislation will generate for them.
What’s new is that manufacturers who get reports of consumers being seriously harmed by their products can’t keep them secret. While we believe such occurrences are extremely rare, if they do happen, reporting is the right thing to do.
True serious adverse events from dietary supplements are extremely rare and already covered by MedWatch. Any medical doctor or patient believing a supplement has injured them can easily fill out a MedWatch form. No one has any objection to serious AER reporting. That is not what this bill is really all about. It is about gutting DSHEA (Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act of 1994), the legislation that enables American consumers to have more options for health than in any other country in the world. By implying there is a safety problem (which there isn’t) and making supplement companies defend themselves, the burden of proof is shifted from the FDA to supplement companies, thereby drastically changing existing law in favor of Big Pharma and away from access to natural health options granted by DSHEA. The FDA already does what it can to discriminate against small and innovative companies.
If H.R. 6168 and S. 3546 are passed and become law, they will amend the federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act to require the reporting of “serious” adverse events for both over the counter (OTC) drugs and dietary supplements to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
That is true. However, there is no way to differentiate between drug-drug interactions, drug-nutrient interactions, or food poisoning, meaning there is no way to accurately judge what is causing a problem. Furthermore, the real issue is the safety of drugs, not supplements. Until the FDA has a working system for drug safety, there is no way for the FDA to judge supplement safety. There is a reason the Institute of Medicine reported that the FDA is dysfunctional and not able to protect Americans from harm. Its drugs!!!! – not vitamins.
While the Natural Products Association understands that the mandatory reporting requirements of the AER bill will add to manufacturers’ record keeping responsibilities, we believe the bill will benefit the industry in the long run.
This opinion must be coming from the lawyers that stand to make a fortune defending supplement companies from frivolous attacks relating to non-serious adverse events. Also, doctors will attempt to blame vitamins for the devastating side effects of their commonly prescribed medications. Dangerous drugs, like statins, are in widespread use and making many Americans very ill and even causing premature death. When someone has heart failure from taking statins, doctors will try to blame it on vitamin E. It would be a major travesty to pass legislation that allows the side effects of dangerous drugs to be reported in such a way as to remove safe and effective supplements from the market. The Big Pharma goal is to maintain its monopoly at any cost. It is an agenda based on drug sales and a callous disregard for human life.
First, by helping to change the perception by critics of the dietary supplement industry that it is not well regulated.
This is the Big Lie. The truth is that supplements are safer than food. Supplements are not drugs. Critics of the dietary supplement industry are all getting a pile of money from Big Pharma and they pretend to be upset about network marketing companies making bogus health claims, companies with a history of paying off Senators Hatch and Harkin for protection. Since most of these companies that seemingly cause problems are members of CRN and NNFA, why don’t these junk trade organizations clean up their own members? There is no need to put out of business the many nutritional companies providing a true quality service to millions of Americans in true need of real help, unless of course you are simply trying to put your own competition out of business.
Second, over time, the recordkeeping and reporting requirements will substantiate what many in the industry have been saying all along – that the safety record of dietary supplements is exemplary, especially when compared to other health-related products.
Obviously, true serious AERs will be very infrequent, unlike the several thousand people dying each week at the hands of Big Pharma. However, the recordkeeping requirement for non-serious adverse events opens the door for unlimited FDA harassment of any company. Since the FDA is currently bought and paid for by Big Pharma, that is a huge problem.
Ultimately, safety reporting is the right thing to do for a responsible industry that puts consumers first.
In a world where Big Pharma and the FDA have spent decades trying to obliterate competition, such a naïve statement is designed to appeal to “reasonableness” and “political correctness.” NPA has no concept of integrity to the US Constitution or what makes America great. If anyone wants to believe the utopian garbage put forth by NPA, try to get the statement to apply to Big Pharma.
The e-mail is then signed by the Natural Products Association. Yes, not one person in this pathetic group had the nerve to put their name on this embarrassing e-mail. I wonder who wrote it. Was it Senator Hatch’s younger son who works at NPA? Was it Senator Hatch’s older son who lobbies for NPA? Or was it one of the Big Pharma members sitting on the NPA board? Companies supporting this horrid legislation and the related anti-American globalization agenda of Codex Alimentarius include Mannatech, Herbalife, Shacklee, Now Foods, Dr. Weil Vitamins, Jarrow, and many more.
Besides faxing, phoning, and e-mailing Congress to vote no on S.3546, any person purchasing supplements should demand that whomever they buy supplements from is not a member of CRN or NPA. Health food stores and ingredient suppliers should withdraw from these bogus Big Pharma pro-globalization organizations. If you need more facts to convince you of the magnitude of this problem, read my book Fight for Your Health: Exposing the FDA’s Betrayal of America. If you buy supplements from such companies or stores then answer this simple question: why are you paying money to be shot in the back?
For Health Freedom, John C. Hammell, President International Advocates for Health Freedom 556 Boundary Bay Road Point Roberts, WA 98281-8702 USA http://www.iahf.com firstname.lastname@example.org 800-333-2553 N.America 360-945-0352 World
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Immediate grassroots action is needed RIGHT NOW to oppose the bad AER bill because the Pharma Dominated NPA (Natural Products Assn) (formerly NNFA) just sent a HUGE E-Blitz out to every vitamin company, and every health food store in the country to try to push this TROJAN HORSE legislation.
This huge push by NPA threatens to blow the innovative sector of the supplement industry SKY HIGH, and you MUST contact congress per the alert below AND network this info for ALL YOU'RE WORTH!!
Please call your family, friends, neighbors about this and URGE them to join you in taking action! Copy the article below. Take it to every health food store within a 50 mile radius of your home and strongly urge the owner to QUIT NPA (formerly NNFA). Use your strongest powers of persuasion to get all the staff in the health food stores to read Byron's superb article below.
If you lack time right now to read it, at least skim through to the part where with ONE MOUSE CLICK you can TAKE ACTION, then print it out and keep it by the toilet so you can read it while sitting on the throne... but PLEASE READ IT- this one is a MUST READ.
Donations needed to send IAHF back to DC: IAHF needs to return to DC after the lame duck session to continue opposition to the bad AER bill and also for ongoing work against the FDA's Trilateral Cooperation Charter. For $25. we'll send a copy of Byron's book Fight for Your Health- Exposing FDA's Betrayal of America. For $50. we'll send the book, plus Kevin Miller's documentary film "We Become Silent" about the Codex vitamin issue.For $100. we'll send the above + an IAHF Bumper Sticker. For $500. we'll send the above + an autographed photo of John Hammell swimming in a hole cut in the ice of a frozen pond. Please help us get back to DC so we can do our work!
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