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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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    Update on the Regulatory Status of Cannabidiol in Food and Dietary Supplements and Future Prospects

    This article covers the regulatory status for using cannabidiol (CBD) as a dietary supplement and presents the US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA’s) position as well as conflicting viewpoints taken by some in the industry. The impact of the Agricultural Improvement Act of 2018 (2018 Farm Bill) is evaluated along with the future prospects for CBD.   Introduction   Cannabidiol (CBD) is one of several cannabinoids found in the hemp and marijuana varieties o...
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    Update on the Amarin-ITC Case and the Issues at Stake

    This article discusses the history and implications of a lawsuit claiming that certain omega-3 fish oil products, synthetically-produced, were unlawfully labeled and marketed as “dietary supplements. The parties involved include a pharmaceutical company in Ireland, the US International Trade Commission, the US Food and Drug Administration and the US Congress. The outcome of the case could have implications beyond concentrated omega-3 products and the supplement industry a...