412 – Senator Durbin is Coming for Your Supplements

From Dr. Daniel Fabricant, President,
National Products Association

Ongoing threats to your nutritional supplements.

WASHINGTON – Today, the United States Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee (HELP) released a discussion draft of its legislation to reauthorize FDA user fees for drugs, biologics, and medical devices package, which includes the controversial and divisive Durbin-Braun premarket approval concept and more that would be damaging to the industry.

“The NPA is significantly concerned with Chair Murray and Republican Leader Burr who failed to reject the radical and dangerous legislation from Senators Durbin and Braun that would require premarket approval for dietary supplements and weaken key privacy protections of the Bioterrorism Act, which protects the dietary supplement supply chain,” said Daniel Fabricant, Ph.D. president and CEO of the Natural Products Association.

“Last time I checked, dietary supplements are not drugs, biologics, or medical devices, so why is Congress or anyone supporting non-germane legislation that will only add costs to consumers who are doing all they can to stay healthy is extremely troubling. Groups who have supported this legislation, have stated there are protections for technical disagreements with the FDA like those with hemp, CBD, NAC, and several other products. However if this legislation were to pass, it is abundantly clear these products would be eliminated from the market.

“The war is far from over. We need America’s health and wellness advocates to continue writing their members of Congress through the NPA Action Center, here. Grassroots involvement over the coming weeks is absolutely critical to defeating this radical and dangerous proposal.

Contact NPAnational.org for more information and to contact your representatives.

Dr. Daniel Fabricant

Daniel Fabricant, Ph.D., is President and CEO of the Natural Products Association (NPA), the nation’s largest and oldest trade organization representing the natural products industry, including dietary supplements (i.e. CBD), foods, personal care products and more. He is responsible for implementing board policy for the advancement and protection of the natural products industry, while overseeing every aspect of the association’s programs and activities.

Most recently, Dr. Fabricant served as the Director of the Division of Dietary Supplement Programs (now Office of Dietary Supplement Programs) at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), where he directed agency policy, public affairs and regulatory action regarding regulation of the dietary supplement industry for more than three years. While with the agency, he successfully navigated the large, heavily matrixed governmental organizational structure to bring life to a regulatory function that was non-existent for almost 20 years. He was also a member of the Marijuana Task force while at the agency, as well as other FDA-wide initiatives including but not limited to: investigations into energy drinks; quality initiatives for Tobacco Products, white collar criminal enforcement and training the FDA inspectorate.

Prior to the FDA, Dr. Fabricant was vice president, global government and scientific affairs, for NPA, responsible for establishing and leading industry coalitions dealing with a range of legislative, regulatory and scientific matters. Dr. Fabricant carried his interest in natural products into the classroom, earning a Ph.D. in Pharmacognosy from the University of Illinois at Chicago, where he has served as an adjunct professor in the Department of Medicinal Chemistry and Pharmacognosy since 2009. Pharmacognosy is the study of drugs derived from natural sources (plants and animals). He has also published extensively and is internationally recognized for his regulatory and governmental public health expertise and natural products research.

National Products Association (NPA)

NPA is the leading trade association for dietary supplements, natural health & sports nutrition, medical & functional foods, probiotics, and natural personal/home care products.

Founded in 1936, the Natural Products Association is the nation’s largest and oldest nonprofit organization dedicated to the natural products industry. NPA represents over 700 members accounting for more than 10,000 retail, manufacturing, wholesale, and distribution locations of natural products, including foods, dietary supplements, and health/beauty aids. NPA unites a diverse membership, from the smallest health food store to the largest dietary supplement manufacturer.

NPA is recognized for its strong lobbying presence in Washington, D.C., where it serves as the industry watchdog on regulatory and legislative issues. In 1994, NPA played a key role in the passage of the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act (DSHEA). This important legislation strikes a balance between the need for consumers to have access to and information about safe and effective dietary supplements while also preserving the government’s interest in protecting the public from unsafe products and false and misleading claims.

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