Dietary Supplement Caucus Goes Bicameral, Adds Hatch, Harkin As Co-Chairs
This article was originally published in The Tan Sheet
Sens. Orrin Hatch and Tom Harkin are no strangers to dietary supplement firms as longtime champions for their interests, but for the first time they are members of the industry's congressional caucus.
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DSHEA, legislation Congress passed in 1994 establishing framework for FDA’s oversight of supplement manufacturing and marketing, doesn’t bear Hatch’s name. But in US consumer health products industry, his name is probably more frequently linked with DSHEA than with pivotal drug legislation he co-authored.
At its start in 2006 and for a few subsequent sessions, the caucus wasn't well known and receiving the Administration Committee's acknowledgement that it was an authorized congressional membership group wasn't routine. Returning members had to renew their membership with each session, too.
One of DSHEA’s chief authors, Tom Harkin will retire from the Senate after 2014, pressuring supplement industry leaders to identify the next generation of congressional supporters. CRN’s Steve Mister says it will not be possible to replace the duo of Harkin and Orrin Hatch, who is retiring after 2018.