New Years Eve Report
December 31, 2010
NSF supports the work of regulatory officials around the world, including standards development, product testing and certification, as well as onsite audits and inspections. NSF is accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Standards Council of Canada (SCC).
NFS Certification is not a one-time activity. The certification requires regular on-site inspections of the manufacturing facility.
Does the Federal Government regulate dietary supplements?
The answer is a qualified yes, in spite of the public being told the government has no control over dietary supplements. Congress established the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act (DSHEA) in 1994 to create a regulatory framework to address the safety and labeling of dietary supplements. Recent regulations have also been adopted to require manufacturers to observe good manufacturing practices (GMPs), including ingredient testing.
In contrast to prescription and over-the counter drugs, dietary supplements covered by the Act do not normally need approval from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) prior to being marketed. The main exception is for products introducing a new dietary ingredient, where pre-market review for safety data and other information is required before the ingredient receives "generally recognized as safe" (GRAS) status.
Does the Federal Government regulate the advertising of dietary supplements?
Yes. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) regulates advertising for supplements and most other products sold to consumers. Advertising and promotional materials received in the mail are subject to U.S. Postal Inspection Service regulations.
How do regulations for dietary supplements differ from those that cover prescription or over-the-counter drugs?
Dietary supplements are classified under the general category of food products, not drugs.
Because targeted pharmaceutical drugs have such serious side effects, they must undergo clinical studies to determine their effectiveness, safety, possible interactions with other drugs, and appropriate dosages. The FDA then reviews data to determine whether to authorize use of the drugs, or not.
IRS Publication 502
"You cannot include in medical expenses the cost of nutritional supplements, vitamins, herbal supplements, “natural medicines,” etc. unless they are recommended by a medical practitioner as treatment for a specific medical condition diagnosed by a physician. Otherwise, these items are taken to maintain your ordinary good health, and are not for medical care."
The cost of Biosyntrx formulations recommended by a medical practitioner to treat diagnosed eye disease qualify as a 2010 medical expense deduction.We wish for our customers and Friday Pearl readers a healthy and Happy New Year.
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Link to IRS publication 502