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“Unreasonable risk” bill

This article was originally published in The Tan Sheet

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HHS Secretary would be granted greater authority to deem a dietary supplement's risk "unreasonable" under a bill introduced June 30 by Rep. Susan Davis (D-Calif.) and cosponsored by Reps. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) and John Dingell (D-Mich.). The "Dietary Supplement Access & Awareness Act" (H.R. 3156) provides that in certain court procedures, the Secretary may consider a supplement's risk to be unreasonable by weighing its potential benefits against possible health risks. "In the absence of a sufficient benefit, the presence of even a relatively small risk of a serious adverse health effect to a user may be considered" unreasonable, the legislation states. The provision is new to the bill, which otherwise mirrors H.R. 3377, introduced by Davis in October 2003 (1"The Tan Sheet" Nov. 3, 2003, p. 13)...
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