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Details on Our September 8 Call-In Lobbying Day Re: FDA and NDIs by ANH

Discussion in 'Action Alerts and Advocacy' started by *GG*, Aug 30, 2011.

  1. *GG*

    *GG* senior member

    Concord, NH
    We need to convince Congress to review the FDAs absurd claims and stand against the draft NDI (supplement) guidance. Please join us in this nationwide campaign!

    Last week we announced a Call-In Lobbying Day for Thursday, September 8. Were asking each of youmembers, grassroots activists, readers, and friendsto set some time aside on September 8 to phone your senators and representatives and voice your opposition to the NDI (dietary supplement) guidance. Tell them why youre upset over the NDI guidance, and ask them to hold hearings on the FDAs position. The FDA is clearly overreaching its authority, and the logic of its arguments in the guidance is questionable at best. Congress has FDA oversight and needs to review the agencys actions in creating this new guidance.

    Just go to this pageit will give you talking points for your conversation with your legislators offices, and has an interactive feature to look up your senators and representatives names and phone numbers just by typing in your ZIP code.

    We recently submitted our comments to the FDA, outlining the immense burden created by the dietary supplement draft guidance. Other concerned parties submitted comments as well. FDA responded with some pretty ludicrous logic.

    The agency claims it will take only 20 hours per NDI notification. This is an absurd claim, considering the extensive paperwork and safety studies they require in the new draft guidance. Furthermore, as we have mentioned many times before, FDA refuses to file (that is, approve) most of the NDI notifications that are submitted, claiming that the notifications are incomplete or inadequate. So even though FDA rejects the majority of applications because they are incomplete, they really expect a supplement company to take only 20 hours per notification?

    In addition, the FDA expects only 55 new NDI notifications per year. This is after officials stated in the guidance that there are 55,600 dietary supplements on the market.
    Something is very wrong with their math! Experts predict as many as 125,000 notifications.

    Moreover, the FDA has not accounted for any of the costs to hire the expert consultants, scientists, etc., who will be required to successfully draft the NDI notifications. And they seriously think this wont add any significant burden to industry?

    Of course the ultimate issue here isnt the cost or burden on supplement producers. The NDI guidance is really the first step toward an FDA approval process that will change the law governing supplementsand in the long run both sharply reduce the number of supplements sold and sharply increase the cost of those surviving.

    We need Congresss involvement, oversight, and correction. Join your fellow Americans in phoning your legislators on September 8 and asking them to stand against the FDAs new supplement guidance!

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