Docket Management
Docket: 95N-0304 - Dietary Supplements Containing Ephedrine Alkaloids
Comment Number: EC -45

Accepted - Volume 298

Comment Record
Commentor Ms. Linda Lavender, MNE, CNHP Date/Time 2003-03-05 23:12:24
Organization RainTree
Category Health Professional

Comments for FDA General
Questions
1. General Comments Dear Sirs, I am a nutritional counselor with a master's in Nutritional Education in Spring, Texas. Having worked in holistic health education for the last 12 years, I have been carefully observing the DSHEA laws, which were created in the early 90's. However, I am alarmed that the FDA is now trying to call for legislation to override the DSHEA regulations in its haste to do something about the dietary supplement, ephedra. I believe the FDA should EDUCATE the consumer according to the DSHEA laws that have already been passed, which gives you all the authority you need to move against these reckless companies that are making these outrageous claims about ephedra, and stress that the CONSUMER is responsible for abusing this supplement. Under the DSHEA Good Manufacturing Practices, laws which are already on the books, the FDA enforcement powers can be utilized to remove these products, after it has been shown that the claims for this particular ephedra supplement were hazardous to a person's health. NO MORE LEGISLATION NEEDS TO BE PASSED -- simply let the regulations of DSHEA be enforced. Even the former FDA commissioner, Dr. Jane Henney, has stated that she believes the FDA has the legal authority to protect the public health with the excellent DSHEA laws that are already in place. WE NEED PROTECTION AGAINST THE TAMPERING OF THE GOVERNMENT REGULATORS AGAIN, NOT MORE LEGISLATION, WHICH MAKES IT MORE CONFUSING FOR THE CONSUMER. I have spent the last 10 years educating the public on the benefits of DSHEA, so please follow those DSHEA established guidelines. By the way, I would not be alive today without ephedrine medications, as I was an asthmatic child and this was the medicine of choice by physicians for asthmatics in my youth. Ephedra CAN be used carefully as a health benefit, but it is the SPORTS figures who are abusing this dietary supplement. PEOPLE MUST LEARN TO READ LABELS AND TAKE RESPONSIBILITY FOR THEIR OWN ACTIONS. Everyone who purchases dietary supplements knows about, or is soon educated about the dangers of abusing ephedra. Why punish the masses for the abuses of a few? Remember, in the case of many, ephedra can be a useful dietary supplement. Would you remove MILK, or EGGS, or CHEESE, or FISH from the marketplace simply because some have a violent allergic, or life-threatening, reaction to it? I THINK NOT. Please allow DSHEA to work, and do not force us to further legislation and litigation, just to line the pockets of more lawyers, and confuse the consumers. Sincerely, Linda J. Lavender, MNE, CNHP Nutritional Educator Spring, Texas




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