American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) President Michael McGuffin issued the following statement in response to HBO's inaccurate portrayal of the federal regulation of dietary supplements on “Real Sports.”
"The Dietary Supplement Health Education Act (DSHEA) specifically acknowledges that improving the health of all United States citizens ranks at the top of the national priorities of the federal government and provides the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) with ample authority to protect consumers—including our military personnel—from any products for which there is a significant or unreasonable risk. To suggest otherwise represents a complete misunderstanding of this law.
"Also, the 'Real Sports' segment seems to imply that inappropriate industry influence was behind the adoption of this law, which has provided informed access to a wide range of safe supplements for over 20 years. In fact, it was the nearly 50 percent of Americans who regularly consumed dietary supplements prior to the adoption of this law in 1994 who demanded the U.S. Congress protect their unencumbered health care choice to use these products."