Congress will likely pass around 500 bills in 2010 that will impact the lives of every-day Americans like you and I.
He introduced a misguided bill that threatens access to dietary and health supplements many Americans depend on.
The stated aim of his so-called Dietary Supplement Safety Act (DSSA) is to curb doping in major league sports. But in reality, the bill will do more harm than good. The FDA already has power to do more to stop illegal steroids. What’s most troubling is that if Senator McCain’s bill passes, it would repeal key protections in the 1994 Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act (DSHEA) and give the FDA sweeping new powers.
What would this mean for us? It would likely lead to drastically fewer supplements available and higher prices.
The public outcry has gotten Senator McCain’s attention, but time is running out. A final big push could change McCain’s mind.
It is critical that we keep the pressure on, and with your help, we can ensure the final defeat of this bad bill. The following are the four parts of the bill.
1. Requires all dietary supplement manufacturing, processing and holding facilities to register with the Secretary of Health and Human Services;
2. Gives the Food and Drug Administration authority to issue a mandatory recall order if a dietary supplement is adulterated or misbranded or “the use of such supplement could cause serious adverse health consequences such as death;”
3. Requires the FDA commissioner to publish guidelines on new dietary ingredients “as soon as possible;”
4. Mandates the FDA notify the Drug Enforcement Administration when a new product contains a synthetic anabolic steroid.
Athletes from various sports have blamed positive drug tests on substances that turn up in dietary supplements even though they aren’t listed as ingredients on the label.
McCain has said his bill would protect professional and Olympic athletes — along with casual sports participants who use supplements.