Statement by Steve Mister, president and CEO, CRN:
“More than half of U.S. soldiers use dietary supplements, ranging from multivitamins and protein powders to fish oil and Echinacea, and like Senators Blumenthal and Durbin, we want our soldiers who choose to take dietary supplements to have access to quality products and to responsibly incorporate them into their health regimens. Dietary supplements provide important benefits to all Americans, and can help soldiers stay in top physical condition. We also share concerns about products containing stimulants such as DMAA and similar ingredients that are illegally marketed both to soldiers and to civilians as dietary supplements. These incidents demand a swift response from FDA, the agency charged with protecting all Americans’ health and safety. Unfortunately for the troops, Senators Blumenthal and Durbin’s solution is to offer amendments to a defense authorization bill that duplicate current laws for reporting suspected adverse events from these products; create overly-burdensome monitoring of supplement use by military personnel; and limit access to a wide range of dietary supplements by service men and women. While CRN is open to having reasonable conversations about ridding the marketplace of illegal dietary supplements, we oppose unnecessary laws that interfere with medical privacy, prohibit consumer access to legal products, and place additional burdens on military personnel. Therefore, we oppose these three amendments to the National Defense Authorization Act."
Access the position paper on Senate Amendments 1560, 1561, and 1562 here: http://www.crnusa.org/pdfs/CRN-Position-DoD-061015.pdf