DIETARY SUPPLEMENTS THREATENED, FREEDOM IN DANGER
By Byron J. Richards, CCN
April 30, 2007
S1082 Update � Monday�s Activity at the bottom of this article.
Bill S1082: The Food and Drug Administration Revitalization Act (also called the Prescription Drug User Fee Act of 2007) is one of the greatest scams and con jobs ever foisted on the American public. Current FDA management is grossly incompetent on the subject of drug safety. This new legislation drastically increases FDA management�s power. Each day innocent citizens die at the hands of Big Pharma � oftentimes while the FDA hides known risks and condones the very drugs that cause harm � all in the name of profit at the expense of human health. See my extensive analysis of this legislation.
Bill S1082 pretends to address drug safety while in fact proposing a set of laws that helps hide existing risks while ushering in the next generation of extreme drug risk (the Critical Path Initiative). At the same time the bill dramatically broadens FDA regulatory power to attack dietary supplements and health freedom.
On the afternoon of April 30, a Unanimous Consent Agreement on S1082 is scheduled for 4:15 PM eastern time. Senator Kennedy, who is in charge of the HELP committee that has sent this bill to the Senate floor, is seeking to fast track this legislation through the Senate on a voice vote before anyone figures out what he is doing. Kennedy reported in the Congressional Record on April 24 that he filed a committee report on S1082; however, when the HELP committee office was contacted late Friday they were unaware of any report and did not have one - WHICH MEANS THAT ALMOST NO SENATOR WHO IS EXPECTED TO VOTE ON MONDAY TRULY KNOWS WHAT IS IN THIS BILL. Kennedy is seeking to run a secret government and bypass the Advise and Consent Clause of Article Two of the United States Constitution. This is not democracy.
As things stand right now, the bill is expected to pass by voice vote based on the propaganda of Kennedy, Enzi, Clinton, and many others. This is a bipartisan hoodwinking of the American public being paid for by Big Pharma. Big Pharma and the dysfunctional FDA management have spent over two years crafting this bill. Not only does the bill fail to solve key drug safety issues, IT TURNS THE FDA INTO A DRUG DEVELOPMENT COMPANY.
Immediate action is required in the Senate, and if the bill should pass, in the House. E-mail, phone, and fax your Senators and Representatives � please do all three! Big Pharma is spending millions to pass this legislation. It is up to the American people to stop it. Also see the additional action step following the sample letter.
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Here is a sample letter you can use:
Anti S.1082 Food and Drug Revitalization Act
April 30, 2007
The Honorable (Senator or Representative First and Last Name) Address Address
Dear Senator (or Dear Representative) Last Name;
The issue of drug safety is of the utmost importance to myself and all Americans. I am totally opposed to Senate bill S1082: Food and Drug Administration Revitalization Act, as well as any companion bill that is introduced in the House. I am dismayed that the HELP committee has not provided a report on this bill for your staff to study and that you are not aware of many dangerous consequences within this legislation. As one of the 150 million Americans that rely on dietary supplements to keep myself and my family well, I am especially concerned that this legislation broadens FDA regulatory power to harass functional foods and dietary supplements � which has nothing whatsoever to do with drug safety.
It is vital that the terms �food� and �food ingredients� be removed from this legislation. There must be no confusing the safety of drugs and the safety of food and food ingredients � which are governed by different laws. This bill authorizes, on pages 106-107, the creation of a new regulatory category that enables the FDA and the Reagan-Udall Foundation for the FDA to attack dietary supplements and functional foods. Often, I feel that the FDA is working to protect Big Pharma and eliminate safe and effective natural health options. By removing the terms food and food ingredients from this legislation there can be no confusion of drug regulation with food regulation.
Indeed, there are many shortcomings in this legislation. The following points need a much more open and public debate, and thorough testimony in the Senate:
S1082 is seeking to do far too much without true and meaningful FDA reform. Minimally, I want the terms �food� and �food ingredients� removed from this legislation. However, I ask you to vote no on the entire bill, because, as written, it will not prevent another Vioxx catastrophe.
Additional Action Step
In addition to the above letter it is important to call Senator Hatch (202-224-5251) and Senator Harkin (202-224-3254) and leave a message telling them that you are very concerned that bill S1082 will give the FDA new power to undermine DSHEA (Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act) and that you request they insert the following amendment into the legislation to avoid any possibility that dietary supplements will be evaluated as drugs. (Note: This language has been prepared by Jonathan Emord � leading health freedom attorney).
Amendment to Bill S1082
of the amendment:
S1082 Update � Monday�s Activity:
Con Job Unfolding � New Threat to Dietary Supplements Emerges
Posted May 1, 2007: 5:30 PM Pacific
On Monday, April 30, 2007, Senator Edward Kennedy, consistently stumbling on his words and unable to look up (its hard to look anyone in the eye or speak clearly when you are lying through your teeth), sought to convince the American public that bill S1082 was true and meaningful drug safety reform.
The latest information is that Kennedy and Enzi will now consider various amendments to S1082, which may last a day or two. Kennedy will evaluate these amendments, not on the basis of meaningful reform, but on the basis of how many votes he needs in order to get S1082 to pass. He is expected to reject Senator Grassley�s meaningful drug-safety amendments � there could be some fireworks (tune in to C Span if you want to watch). A full Senate vote could happen tomorrow, although it is most likely to be later this week.
Don�t be deceived, this is Big Pharma backed legislation concocted in close harmony with the dysfunctional FDA management team and is designed specifically to bring riskier medications onto the market with hardly any safety or effectiveness testing. As Kennedy and Enzi both stated on the floor of the Senate today � drug safety will now depend on the FDA linking to health care databases and looking for trends. Yes, that�s right, the inept FDA will now track safety �real time� as the drug companies perform their experiments on the public. In other words, the practice of medicine will now officially be one large clinical trial.
A New Threat to Dietary Supplements Emerges
Senator Kennedy announced that he was working with Senator Richard Durbin (D-IL) to include Durbin�s food safety legislation as an amendment to this already overbroad package of FDA reform. For those of you who may not know, Senator Durbin is the number one vitamin-hating senator in the Congress. His currently proposed food bill (S654) would have the net affect of repealing DSHEA (current supplement law that gives us our health freedom) and reclassifying and regulating dietary supplements as drugs. Originally, it was not included in S1082.
At this time, nobody knows what Kennedy and Durbin are crafting � but it can�t be good.
Thus, health freedom and dietary supplements are now under assault from several aspects of this legislation. Keep up the pressure and keep flooding the Senate with objection to S1082.
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Byron J. Richards, Founder/Director of Wellness Resources, is a Board-Certified Clinical Nutritionist and nationally-renowned health expert, radio personality, and educator. He is the author of Mastering Leptin, The Leptin Diet, and Fight for Your Health: Exposing the FDA's Betrayal of America.
Richards encourages individuals to take charge of their health, stand up for their health rights, and not blindly succumb to propaganda from the vested-interests who profit from keeping Americans sick. As founder of Wellness Resources, Inc. of Minneapolis, MN, an independently-owned fine-quality dietary supplement company since 1985, he has personally developed 75 unique nutraceutical-grade nutritional formulas. www.wellnessresources.com
Bill S1082 pretends to address drug safety while in fact proposing a set of laws that helps hide existing risks while ushering in the next generation of extreme drug risk. At the same time the bill dramatically broadens FDA regulatory power to attack dietary supplements and health freedom.