Docket Management
Docket: 02N-0253 - Withdrawal of 53 Guidances on Individual Product Labeling
Comment Number: EC -9

Accepted - Volume 1

Comment Record
Commentor Mrs. Leta Russell Date/Time 2002-07-25 12:35:54
Organization Phytolink
Category Dietary Supplement Industry

Comments for FDA General
1. General Comments Dietary supplements have not been shown to harm the consumers who take them, and in many cases have proven health benefits. However, the labeling required on food supplements discourages many consumers from trying something that may be of benefit. The FDA's strict labelihg guidelines diminish the ability of companies with proven products that benefit health to effectively inform the consumer of those benefits. I am completely against the continued stifling of the truth about complementary and alternative health products by the FDA and the attempt by those who are affected by preventive health, namely the pharmaceutical and sickness industries, to stop the progress that has been made in educating consumers about viable and beneficial food supplements. With the continued rise in medical expenses and health insurance and the cost to the government to provide sickness care to those who can't afford it, I would think our representatives would want to protect the laws that were implemented in DSHEA and the rulings by the courts to explore and encourage the manufacture and distribution of wellness and preventative products. Don't reverse the progress that has been made. If anything, loosen the restrictions so consumers can be told the truth, based on research, in order to make an informed decision about their health and wellness.

EC -9