New Bill Threatens Jail Time for Supplement Companies

Alliance for Natural Health

Senator Dick Durbin’s (D-IL) bill that threatens tens of thousands of products has officially been introduced. We need all hands on deck to oppose it.

Sen. Dick Durbin has launched his supplement attack by introducing his “Dietary Supplement Listing Act of 2022” with Senator Mike Braun (R-IN). This bill threatens your ability to access the supplements you rely on to stay healthy. We need to send a strong message to Congress that this is bad for consumers, bad for health, and bad for the economy. 

The bill threatens fines and jailtime for companies that do not comply. If a company does not submit the proper information, in the correct form, by the proper date, the supplement is considered misbranded. For the first offense, violators can be imprisoned for one year and fined $1,000 dollars; for the second offense, violators can be imprisoned for three years and fined $10,000. Given the safety record of supplements that will be detailed below, the punishments here hardly seem to fit the crime.

This bill creates a lose-lose situation for consumers and supplement companies: if companies don’t comply, they face fines and jail time; if they do comply, companies are orchestrating their own demise by giving the FDA the list it needs to sweep the market of as many as 41,000 supplements that do not comply with the agency’s overreaching (and incomplete) “new supplement” guidance. Supplement companies lose, the economy suffers, and consumers lose access to critical health products.

It’s bad, but it may not even be the biggest threat to your supplements right now. Separately, Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), chair of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, is independently moving forward with plans to attach a similar mandatory product registration provision for supplements to the reauthorization of the Prescription Drug User Fee Act that must pass by the end of September. Durbin’s policy, then, has twice the chance of success because it is moving forward on two distinct paths.

Why are more supplement regulations such a priority for these federal authorities? Supplements are overwhelmingly safe. According to the FDA, in 2021, the agency received 2,400 adverse event reports related to dietary supplements. To put this in context, according to the FDA’s adverse event database, in 2021 the FDA received a total of 2,333,453 adverse event reports. That means that dietary supplements make up 0.1% of the adverse event reports to the FDA. National reports consistently show zero deaths from dietary supplements; according to the FDA’s database, in 2021 alone drugs killed 187,750 Americans.

That supplements are the products getting federal attention speaks to the power of the drug industry lobby and the willingness of elected officials and FDA officials to do their bidding. We cannot let these forces succeed in undermining our ability to stay healthy, naturally.

Alliance for Natural Health

7 thoughts on “New Bill Threatens Jail Time for Supplement Companies

  1. Since reveratrol is also found in wine (mostly red wines), does this mean wineries now have to “comply” with DICKhead Durbin and his band of merry murderers? They know Social Security/Medicare is going bankrupt, so they know they need to murder as many seniors as possible….now. And since Vitamin D is also a “supplement,” will they now block out the sun? Next up–banning greens (thiamine), citrus fruits (vitamin C), carrots (vitamin A), bananas (vitamin K)…. And then banning probiotics… and Greek yogurt?

  2. This battle has been going on for well over 4 decades. They did it to chiropractors, too, saying they were unsafe and quackery. Still chiropractic thrived.

    How can big pharma keep on making $$BILLIONS if we’re not all sick? Big pharma’s biggest threat is Mother Nature and they’re out to stop her, though she is herself unstoppable.

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  3. READ THIS COMMENT on kitco today! People are disgusted!!! “We have devolved. From the undisputed richest, best educated, most powerful country in world history…to a country drowning in unpayable debt, populated with people who believe men can get pregnant. We are now a nation of morons, governed by idiots, reported on by imbeciles. and the really frightening reality…no where to run.”

    1. Anther comment ” Nearly 70% of the country has had enough of a traitorous, bankrupt, stuttering, lying, psychopathic fornicator, who has the reading comprehension of a 5th grader”! MY THOUGHTS ARE … THEY ARE ALL THE SAME!! WE DONT SELECT A PRESIDENT. WAKE UP!!

  4. Don’t worry about pharma lobbyists, boy
    Worry about the rope
    Sooner or later
    Hemp is gonna get you
    Sooner or later
    Hemp is gonna win
    There’s some Grass Roots for ya

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