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Drug Enforcement Administration adds Code for Marihuana Extracts
The registration of marihuana extracts will take effect January 13, 2017 according to a notice filed by the DEA. The notice defined marihuana extract as “containing one or more cannabinoids that has been derived from any plant of the genus Cannabis, other than the separated resin (whether crude or purified) obtained from the plant.”
Still being regarded as a Schedule 1 controlled substance, requiring an Administrative Controlled Substance Code number “7350”, will allow the DEA to tract the material and aid in compliance with international drug control treaties.
The Administrator, in accordance with the Regulatory Flexibility Act (RFA) has reviewed this rule and by approving it, certifies that it will not have significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities/businesses. The DEA already registers persons handling marihuana extracts but within another already established drug code 7360 and those persons who handle these marihuana extracts have already met DEA’s registration, security, and other statutory and regulatory requirements. The only direct effect to registrants will to require the addition of the new drug code 7350 to their registration.
SENPA will continue to keep you updated on information that will affect your business.
Senators Blumenthal and Durbin Intend to Introduce
New Dietary Supplement Legislation in 2016
Today SENPA learned U.S. Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) and Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) have announced that they intend to introduce new legislation impacting the dietary supplement industry in 2016. This comes one day after the announcement that the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Division of Dietary Supplements will be elevated to an Office. Both Senators believe that dietary supplements have outgrown the current legislative framework and therefore new comprehensive legislation is required for FDA's Office of Dietary Supplements to provide the necessary oversight. With details unclear at this point, SENPA will monitor legislative updates and keep a watchful eye how this will impact the industry, it is believed there will be increased transparency, more aggressive enforcement on those who neglect the law, and more regulatory burden on the industry at large.
The U.S. House of Representatives yesterday passed the highly debatable measure that blocks any mandatory labeling of foods made with genetically engineered crops, including pre-empting state laws that are set to take effect next year in Vermont. Dubbed the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act by supporters, but the “Deny Americans the Right to Know” or DARK act, by opponents, the measure was approved 275 to 150 with 45 Democrats voting for the bill.
Opponents of the Bill said they see it stalling in the Senate where a companion bill will be introduced, but supporters said they are finding growing support.
Southeast NPA will continue to monitor the progress on this highly debatable issue and keep you informed on any progress.
Tell Congress to Vote No on S.A. 1463, 1560, 1561 & 1562 on National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA)
As predicted longtime industry critics Senators Durbin (IL) and Blumenthal (CT) have once again started an attack against dietary supplements. This year their initial attack comes in the form of four proposed amendments to NDAA which is the legislation which authorizes the budget authority for the Department of Defense (DoD) for the fiscal year 2016. These amendments all relate to dietary supplements in the military, more specifically “Monitoring of Adverse Event Data on Dietary Supplement Use by Members of the Armed Forces”, “Reporting of Dietary Supplement Use by Members of the Armed Forces” and finally the one with the potential to have the gravest impact on the industry “Limitation on Sale of Dietary Supplements in Commissary and Exchange Stores”.
While each of these four amendments raises many concerns, please find below the concern with each that we believe to have the most daunting impact:
It is imperative that we band together to protect not only our industry but the brave men and women that fight for the United States of America. We need Congress to hear from as many of us as possible in opposition of these amendments so that they understand the impact this has on the industry that not only civilians but also our esteemed military personnel use day in and day out as a part of their preventive healthcare regime. These amendments would impose redundant, burdensome and expensive regulations that would impede our soldiers’ access to the dietary supplements which they rely on to stay in fighting shape.
Please take a minute to let your elected officials know that it is imperative that when these amendments are brought to the floor for a vote, Congress must say no!
New York Attorney General and Natural Products Association Agree to Collaborate to Promote Product Safety, Authenticity, and Transparency
AG Schneiderman and leading dietary supplement trade association announce plans to work together to educate supplement industry, consumers
New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and Daniel Fabricant, Ph.D., CEO of The Natural Products Association today issued the following joint statement:
“We share a common objective of ensuring herbal products bought by consumers are authentic, pure, and sold in full compliance with consumer protection laws. Anyone who buys an herbal supplement should be able to do so with full knowledge of what is in the product and have complete confidence that every precaution was taken to ensure its authenticity and purity. While no single test or technology alone can provide complete confidence to consumers, we support the application of DNA barcoding technology as part of a multi-faceted approach to assuring authenticity and identifying substitution. This includes testing herbal/botanical ingredients prior to extraction in circumstances where DNA Barcode is available for the relevant species. Together, we look forward to jointly working with major manufacturers and retailers of herbal supplements to promote a model for product safety, authenticity, and transparency in this industry. We view this dialogue as a positive step in resolving our differences and we are hopeful that we can work in collaboration to enhance confidence and safe access for consumers.”
New York Attorney General and Herbal Supplements: What Consumers Need to Know
What is the situation involving the New York attorney general and herbal supplements?
Is there something wrong with herbal supplements based upon the NY AG’s findings?
Are dietary supplements regulated and who regulates them?
How can this affect you and your dietary supplements?
What can you do?
Dietary supplements are a safe part of a balanced approach to a healthy lifestyle, including good diet and exercise. Always consult with your doctor or health care professional before making any changes to your health care regimen.