Dear Colleagues --
This is a heads up that the Congress is moving quickly toward passage of a major revamp of the regulation of OTC drugs in the U.S.
A few interesting points:
While ancient history, it is worth noting that we worked on an effort to create an OTC drug pathway for natural products in the late 1980s. This was called The European American Phytomedicine Coalition (EAPC). For various reasons, we did not realize our core objectives. However, this was one of the various issues that set the stage for DSHEA in 1992.
Personally, I have always felt there should be room within the OTC drug arena for "phytomedicines" or natural OTC drugs. Perhaps one day we will revisit those interesting issues.