Industry Associations Support Biden/Hatch Legislation Placing 'Andro'
Under Controlled Substances Act
DC, 24 October 2003
trade associations AHPA, CHPA, CRN, NNFA, and UNPA, of the dietary
supplement industry, support legislation introduced yesterday ("Anabolic
Steroid Control Act of 2003") by Senators Joseph Biden (D-DE) and
Orrin Hatch (R-UT) that would provide for the listing of steroid
hormone precursors such as androstenedione ("andro") under the Controlled
action would effectively prohibit the marketing of these substances
as dietary supplements by regulating them as Schedule III controlled
substances. The trade associations join the US Antidoping Agency
(USADA) in supporting this legislation.
trade associations believe that the Food and Drug Administration
(FDA) does have the authority to effectively deal with the andro
issue under the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act (DSHEA).
However, it is evident that continued controversy over this topic
is damaging to the industry, the agency, and the athletes who could
be banned from competition for using such products.
trade associations further support the provision in this new legislation
that exempts the dietary ingredient dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA).
DHEA is a prohormone with little or no potential for abuse as a
performance- enhancing ingredient but with some demonstrated value
in supporting normal hormone levels during aging.
supporting the Biden bill, the industry trade associations are taking
another step toward resolving issues affecting consumer confidence
in the dietary supplement category. The trade associations are eager
to create an opportunity to refocus visibility on the safety and
benefits of our industry's core products including vitamins, minerals,
botanicals, amino acids, and specialty ingredients such as omega-3
fatty acids, SAM-e, glucosamine and chondroitin sulfate.
Products Association (AHPA)
exists to serve its members by promoting the responsible commerce
of products that contain herbs and that are used to enhance health
and the quality of life.
Products Association (CHPA)
is the 122-year-old national trade association representing US manufacturers
and distributors of nonprescription, over-the-counter (OTC) medicines
and nutritional supplements.
Council for Responsible
has represented key manufacturers of dietary supplement ingredients
and products for 30 years, providing its member companies with regulatory
guidance, scientific information on the benefits and safety of dietary
supplements, public relations expertise, and legislative support.
Foods Association (NNFA)
was founded in 1936 and represents the interests of some 5,000 retailers,
manufacturers, and distributors of natural products, including health
foods, dietary supplements, and cosmetics.
Products Alliance (UNPA)
was organized in 1991 and represents the interests of the $3 billion
dietary supplement industry based in Utah.