In Search of Responsible Media
By Frank Lampe, VP, Communications & Industry Relations, UNPA
It’s no secret that the dietary supplement industry continues to be the subject of seemingly endless mainstream media reports about “unregulated” industry; references to “snake oil salesmen”; and “ineffective,” “adulterated” and “unsafe” products, among a host of other transgressions, real or imagined.
You almost can’t open up your email without finding a new negative article, often from supposedly responsible, respected media outlets.
It is clear that the industry, which had to go to Congress to force the Food and Drug Administration to finally create GMPs more than 13 years after passage of the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act, has issues to resolve in the eyes of legislators, FDA and since February, a pool of state regulators led by New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman.
UNPA remains resolute in its position that the law isn’t the problem; the problem is a lack of resources and resolve at FDA to enforce the law. But will certain members of Congress stop complaining about industry long enough to champion—and pass—legislation to provide FDA with the funds needed to do its job and weed out irresponsible players? Don’t hold your breath waiting for that one.