Docket Management
Docket: 95N-0304 - Dietary Supplements Containing Ephedrine Alkaloids
Comment Number: EC -503

Accepted - Volume 307

Comment Record
Commentor Mrs. Rose Jacobs Date/Time 2003-03-21 11:51:52
Organization Natural Solutions Herbs & Healthfoods
Category Company

Comments for FDA General
1. General Comments March 21, 2003 Dockets Management Branch (HFA-305) Food and Drug Administraton 5630 Fishers Lane, Rm. 1061 Rockville, MD 20852 Dear Sir/Madam I own a health food store/dietary supplement company in Mineola, Texas, and have been in the natural products industry for several years. Both my customers and I appreciate the significance of the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act of 1994 with regard to protecting our right to choose how we care for ourselves. I am concerned that FDA has only just begun to implement key sections of DSHEA. For instance, the agency recently released its proposed good manufacturing practices for the industry, and yet is immediately calling for suggestions for increased legislative authority in order to better regulate the supplement industry. Shouldn't you first give DSHEA a chance to work as it was intended to before calling for new laws? Please also don't overlook that DSHEA actually increased FDA'S enforcement powers. FDA can seize a dietary supplement if it presents and unreasonable or significant risk of illness or injury. In addition, the government can stop the sale of an entire class of dietary supplements if they pose an imminent public health hazard. In sum, I agree with the former FDA commissioner, Dr. Jane Henney, that DSHEA and do not think any additional legislative authority is necessary for FDA to regulate ephedra or any other dietary supplement. Sincerely, Mrs. Rose Jacobs 201 West Broad Street Mineola, Texas 75773

EC -503