Nutrition Business Journal
Inside the mind of a former FDA-er

Inside the mind of a former FDA-er

Jason Sapsin, JD, MPH, is an attorney at Polsinelli Shughart, where he leads the firm’s FDA practice. Sapsin was formerly associate chief counsel in FDA’s Office of Chief Counsel, where he advised the agency in pursuing seizures, injunctions and product recalls against drugs, supplements and adulterated foods. Sapsin’s thoughts and comments do not reflect FDA’s position either during or after his tenure at the agency and are entirely his own.

nbj: How do you characterize this longstanding tension between FDA and the supplement industry?
Jason Sapsin: The dietary supplement is supposed to be one component of a balanced and healthy lifestyle. In my mind, the greatest tension that you see between industry and the agency is a result of marketing practices and approaches to dietary supplements that have drifted from what those products are at their core. At their core, supplements are traditional, well-studied

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