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    FDA to Amazon: Stop shipping products that contain undisclosed drugs

    The mammoth online retailer Amazon received an untitled letter from The US Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (FDA’s CDER) identifying 26 sexual enhancement and weight loss products that contain “undeclared” and “potentially harmful” drug ingredients, according to FDA’s testing of the products.   In this letter — not the first correspondence the agency has had with Amazon on the matter —the firm was called out for marketing unapprove...
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    Current status and future FDA enforcement of dietary supplements

    FDA observations for adulterated dietary supplements have remained consistent since 2010, even during 2020, when inspections were down 47% and accommodations for compliance were made because of the COVID-19 pandemic. These include requirements to establishment specifications, testing to determine if specifications are met, use of master manufacturing records, preparation of batch production records, and ensuring quality responsibilities are defined. The pandemic has also r...
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    Enhancing consumer confidence and supplement access through harmonized retail standards

    Although third-party audit, certification, and retail standard programs highlight reputable companies and help ensure that dietary supplements on store shelves are safe and unadulterated, multiple standards create a complicated patchwork of requirements that are difficult for manufacturers and consumers to navigate. Responsible industry has emphasized the need to harmonize standards by eliminating duplicative, costly testing and allowing retailers to confirm a manufacturer...
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    Best practices and education for probiotics amid regulatory uncertainty

    Nearly 3 years have passed since the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued its draft guidance for industry on the labeling of probiotic quantity. During that time, consumer interest in probiotics has increased, product innovation has expanded, and the body of scientific research has grown – all with no final guidance or updates from the agency. With the growth of this category and continued regulatory uncertainty, responsible industry has stepped up with best practi...
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    January’s Regulatory Focus: The impact of disruption on the global regulatory community

    Feature articles during January focused the effects of disruption on global regulatory practice. In context of the COVID-19 pandemic, authors examined expedited approval pathways for test kits in southeast Asian countries; the role of digital promotional strategies in minimizing the impact of the pandemic on advertising, promotion, and labeling; and the importance of continuing soft-skills training during remote working. Under the broader framework of disruption, a group o...
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    New US dietary guidelines expand nutrient considerations for life stages

    The US Department of Agriculture and Department of Health and Human Services have jointly published the Dietary Guidelines for Americans every 5 years since 1980 to provide science-based dietary recommendations to promote health and prevent chronic disease. The guidelines inform federal food and nutrition policy programs as well as local, state, and national health promotion and disease prevention initiatives. In addition, professionals in public health, healthcare, educat...
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    Regulatory Focus, June issue: Nutrition in health and disease management

    This month marks the fifth anniversary of the annual series on nutrition in health and disease management, initiated in 2016 by Manfred Ruthsatz , PhD, RAC, FRAPS (executive director, Nutrition+HealthCARE, Switzerland). Ruthsatz has led all five series to date, this year, together with co-lead, Andrea Wong , PhD (SVP, scientific and regulatory affairs, Council for Responsible Nutrition, Washington DC). They have coordinated authors and reviewers who are global leaders in...
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    Update on trade issues affecting the dietary supplement industry

    This article discusses recent updates on US trade policy issues in the dietary supplement industry. It focuses on the trading relationship between the US and its largest trading partners, including China, and analyzes the ongoing effects of current trade policies on companies that produce, buy, and sell dietary supplements. The authors discuss tools available to US companies to reduce financial liability when trade policies are evolving at a rapid pace.   Introduction ...
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    Dietary supplement class actions: Recent overlap with traditional FDA enforcement

    This article provides an overview of class action lawsuits targeting the dietary supplement industry. Recent trends indicate that companies should look beyond regulatory compliance and consider how a “reasonable consumer” would interpret claims in labeling, even claims that comply with FDA requirements. There are also important steps companies can take to prevent these lawsuits, as well as defenses that courts seem increasingly willing to accept. By staying aware of the cl...
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    A mandatory dietary supplement registry: Transparency as ‘disinfectant’

    The Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act struck a balance between protecting public safety and promoting consumer access to dietary supplements, but it did not address the Food and Drug Administration’s inability to “see” into the marketplace. This article discusses how a mandatory product listing can benefit the industry through increased transparency and accountability. It outlines criticisms from industry skeptics and provides considerations for legislation of th...
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    Integrating master files in the NDI notification process to facilitate innovation in dietary supplements

    This article discusses the application of master files to the new dietary ingredient notification process to protect intellectual property of ingredient manufacturers and incentivize submission of NDI notifications. The author describes an NDI master file model, based on the US drug master file, as a proposal for consideration by the US Food and Drug Administration.   Introduction Innovation grows industries, and it is no different for the dietary supplement industry...
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    Study Finds Stimulants in Supplements After FDA Action

    A study published in JAMA Internal Medicine on Monday raises questions about the effectiveness of the US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) actions to address stimulants found in dietary supplements.   While FDA often issues public notices or takes enforcement action aimed at specific companies or products, from 2013-2016 the agency issued public notices warning consumers about four sympathomimetic stimulants found in dietary supplements.   None of the stimulan...