Docket Management
Docket: 95N-0304 - Dietary Supplements Containing Ephedrine Alkaloids
Comment Number: EC -1286

Accepted - Volume 326

Comment Record
Commentor Mrs. Amy Fitzpatrick Date/Time 2003-04-03 14:19:27
Organization Natural Health Solutions
Category Health Professional

Comments for FDA General
1. General Comments To whom it may concern, I am a health care professional in Kingsport, TN, USA, and have been involved with the natural products industry for several years. Both myself and the individuals who I work with on a daily basis appreciate how the passage of the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act of 1994 improved consumer access to dietary supplements and information about them, while increasing consumer protection against unsafe products and false and misleading claims. I am concerned that FDA has only just begun to initiate aggressive enforcement actions under DSHEA, yet is calling for suggestions for increased legislative authority in order to better regulate the supplement industry. Shouldn't you first give these recent efforts a chance to work, and perhaps even implement good manufacturing practices for supplements, before calling for new laws? Simply put, I believe the agency can regulate ephedra without dismantling DSHEA. It is also my understanding that DSHEA increased FDA's enforcement powers and that FDA can seize a dietary supplement if it presents an unreasonable or significant risk of illness or injury. Furthermore, the government can stop the sale of an entire class of dietary supplements if they pose an imminent public health hazard. The former FDA commissioner, Dr. Jane Henney, has even stated before Congress that she believes that DSHEA provides FDA with the necessary legal authority to protect the public health. I agree with Dr. Henney, strongly support DSHEA, and do not think any additional legislative authority is necessary. Sincerely, Amy A. Fitzpatrick MS, RD 149 Gilmer Street Kingsport, TN 37665

EC -1286