Doing The Right Thing

  • DASCA: The Right Thing for Consumers & the Industry

    DASCA: The Right Thing for Consumers & the Industry

    Mike Greene, Vice President, Government Relations, Council for Responsible Nutrition||August 20, 2014
    Industry must work with Congress to defend against the illegal marketing of anabolic steroids as dietary supplements.


  • Changes for Food/Supplement Facts Labeling: Don’t Get Boxed Out

    Changes for Food/Supplement Facts Labeling: Don’t Get Boxed Out

    Andrea Wong, PhD, Vice President, Scientific & Regulatory Affairs, Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN)||April 2, 2014
    There are several parts of the proposed rule that warrant the immediate attention (and action) of the dietary supplement industry.


  • The ‘Medicine’ Continuum: Fifty Shades of Grey for Dietary Supplements

    The ‘Medicine’ Continuum: Fifty Shades of Grey for Dietary Supplements

    Steve Mister, President/CEO, Council for Responsible Nutrition||January 31, 2014
    Let’s get past the labels and divisions that dismiss therapies that don’t fit into the rigid treatment model.


  • Enough is Enough

    Enough is Enough

    Steve Mister, President & CEO, Council for Responsible Nutrition||December 18, 2013
    Multivitamins are an excellent source of nutrients to fill in the gaps we miss in our less-than-perfect diets.


  • Groundhog Day at the Capitol

    Groundhog Day at the Capitol

    Mike Greene, Vice President, Government Relations, Council for Responsible Nutrition||October 7, 2013
    Response to Senator Richard Durbin’s Dietary Supplement Labeling Act of 2013 was underwhelming.


  • The Great Caffeine Debate

    The Great Caffeine Debate

    Duffy MacKay, ND, Vice President, Scientific & Regulatory Affairs, Council for Responsible Nutrition||March 18, 2013
    With extensive media and Congressional attention—and none of it good—focused on energy drinks, some industry experts are speculating that the category is ripe for government intervention.


  • Do Synthetic Botanicals Have You Worried?

    Duffy MacKay, ND, Vice President, Scientific & Regulatory Affairs, Council for Responsible Nutrition||January 24, 2013
    Since the release of the New Dietary Ingredient (NDI) Draft Guidance in 2011, synthetic botanical constituents have been a hot topic. FDA has held steadfastly to its position that synthetic botanical constituents are not legal dietary ingredients bec…


  • To Label or Not to Label

    Mike Greene, Vice President, Government Relations & Rend Al-Mondhiry, Regulatory Counsel, Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN)||November 1, 2012
    Election Day approacheth! On November 6th voters will descend on the polls to choose our local, state and federal leaders, from the city council to the White House. In California, voters will also be asked to decide on many ballot initiatives, includ…


  • We Must Avoid Becoming Defined by Outliers

    We Must Avoid Becoming Defined by Outliers

    Duffy MacKay, ND, Vice President, Scientific and Regulatory Affairs, Council for Responsible Nutrition||September 15, 2012
    It is clearly time for the responsible industry to get its house in order. If the existence of tainted dietary supplements does not end, those responsible for protecting public health are going to be compelled to do something drastic. The recently pa…


  • In a Numbers Game, More Transparency is Needed

    In a Numbers Game, More Transparency is Needed

    Duffy MacKay, ND, Vice President, Scientific & Regulatory Affairs, CRN||August 15, 2012
    I recently attended a seminar where senior FDA officials were lamenting the dietary supplement industry’s poor compliance with Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMPs). I listened carefully as agency officials offered what they described as serious…


  • Get Ready for Facility Registration

    Get Ready for Facility Registration

    Duffy MacKay, N.D., Vice President, Scientific & Regulatory Affairs, CRN||June 18, 2012
    The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) had a long and winding road to passage, which is not surprising given the complexities, the politics and the importance. It took many years and plenty of compromise to finally get something that could pass bot…


  • Qualifying Your Supplier: Industry’s Latest Tool

    Rend Al-Mondhiry , Regulatory Counsel, CRN||May 15, 2012
    In April, the Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN), working in conjunction with the Consumer Healthcare Products Association (CHPA) and the United Natural Products Alliance (UNPA) as the SIDI Work Group, released its new draft voluntary guideline,…


  • Are You Prepared…for Everything?

    Duffy MacKay, N.D., Vice President, Scientific & Regulatory Affairs, CRN||April 15, 2012
    In late February, FDA released a draft guidance titled “Postmarketing Adverse Event Reporting for Medical Products and Dietary Supplements During an Influenza Pandemic,”which has yet to receive much attention. It is a revision of the draf…


  • Bad Math = Bad News for the Dietary Supplement Industry

    Bad Math = Bad News for the Dietary Supplement Industry

    Rend Al-Mondhiry, regulatory counsel, Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN)||March 15, 2012
    Have you ever read a news report discussing Adverse Event Reports (AERs) and dietary supplements? If so, then you may have seen a statistic cited by FDA (and other government agencies) suggesting the agency receives “less than 1% of all adverse…


  • Little-Known Regulations Could Have Big-Time Consequences

    Little-Known Regulations Could Have Big-Time Consequences

    Taylor Wallace, PhD, senior director, scientific and regulatory affairs, CRN||February 15, 2012
    All too often I find myself reading yet another story about dietary supplements where the author of the article incorrectly asserts that dietary supplements are unregulated. Not only is this incorrect, but it is also potentially damaging to the respo…