Industry Coalition Advises Against Use of Dietary Supplements As
a Remedy for SARS
DC, 21 April 2003
trade associations of the dietary supplement industrythe American
Herbal Products Association (AHPA), Consumer Healthcare Products
Association (CHPA), the Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN),
the National Nutritional Foods Association (NNFA) and the Utah Natural
Products Alliance (UNPA)today issued the following statement
to industry, media, regulatory authorities, and consumers:
dietary supplement industry is keenly aware of public concern regarding
SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome) and of the desire of the
public to protect itself against this syndrome, which has led to
serious illness and a number of deaths worldwide. While we support
the responsible sale and use of health-promoting vitamins, minerals,
herbs and other dietary supplements, we do not believe there are
any dietary supplements that have been shown to prevent or treat
SARS. In addition, federal law does not allow dietary supplements
to claim to treat or prevent any diseases, including SARS.
are therefore endorsing the following unified advisory for marketers
and retailers, as well as for consumers of dietary supplements.
and retailers of dietary supplements are urged to refuse to
stock or sell any products that are presented as preventing
or curing SARS, and
and retailers should refrain from promoting any dietary supplement
as a preventive, cure or treatment for SARS.
who believes they may have SARS or may have come in contact
with it should immediately contact a healthcare professional.
are dietary supplements that have much to offer in terms of enhancing
general immune function and disease resistance. However, therapies
for the prevention or treatment of SARS should only be recommended
by qualified healthcare professionals or public health authorities.
organizations supporting this advisory represent the majority of
dietary supplement manufacturers. Each of the associations and its
member companies remain committed to providing the American public
with high quality products for supporting personal health and permitting
"self-care" choices. Each of the associations is also committed
to recognizing that there are some health conditions for which the
choice of self-care should be actively discouraged. The current
global outbreak of SARS is such a condition.
Herbal Products Association (AHPA),
Michael McGuffin, President
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.
Healthcare Products Association (CHPA),
Linda Suydam, President
is the 122-year-old national trade association representing U.S.
manufacturers and distributors of nonprescription, over-the-counter
(OTC) medicines and dietary supplement products.
for Responsible Nutrition (CRN),
Annette Dickinson, Ph.D., President
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.
Nutritional Foods Association (NNFA),
David Seckman, Executive Director and CEO
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.
Natural Products Alliance (UNPA),
was organized in 1991 and represents the interests of the $3 billion
dietary supplement industry based in Utah. Association; Council
for Responsible Nutrition; National Nutritional Foods Association;
Utah Natural Products Alliance
Herbal Products Association and Consumer Healthcare Products Association.