Just before the holiday weekend, the Food & Drug Administration issued a new draft guidance on when dietary supplement makers must file “New Dietary Ingredient” notifications and what such notifications must require. This has the supplement industry up in arms, as they fear the guidance could effectively eliminate most dietary supplements that have come on the market since 1994. The industry may be over-reacting. On the other hand, the FDA has gone after supplements before — and had its hand slapped back by the courts. I’ll be curious to see what comes of this.
UPDATE: Of course there are many supplement scams (see, e.g., here). However the FDA guidance is not particularly focused on misleading marketing and hucksterism within the industry.