Supplement experts describe the incredible story of the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act of 1994 (DSHEA), including the atmosphere that lead to its passage, its current market effects and how it will shape the future.

February 5, 2014

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Past, Present and Future of DSHEA

Issue Summary

In recognition of the 20th anniversary of the passage of the Dietary Supplement Health & Education Act of 1994 (DSHEA), industry leaders describe the incredible story behind the law, including the atmosphere that led to its passage, its current effect on the market, and how it will shape the future.

Table of Contents

  • Viewpoint: Making History, Defining the Future

  • Q&As

    • Patricia Knight, former Chief of Staff for Sen. Orrin Hatch, and Peter Reinecke, former chief of staff for Sen. Tom Harkin

    • Joe Bresse, head of marketing and merchandising at GNC during passage of DSHEA

    • Loren Israelsen, executive director, United Natural Products Alliance (UNPA)

    • Jim Palko, president and founder, Palko Distributing; Brent Roth, president, UST Corporation; Bob Green, president, Nutratech Inc.; Matt Warnock, president and CEO, RideCrest Herbals and Steve Palko, vice president and national sales manager, Palko Distributing Articles

  • "The History & Future of the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act" by Peter Barton Hutt, senior counsel, Covington & Burling LL

  • "A Political & Regulatory History of Dietary Supplements" by Scott Bass, head, global life sciences, Sidley, Austin LLP

  • "Grassroots Activism and DSHEA" by Alexander Schauss, Ph.D., FACN, CEO and senior director of natural and medicinal products research, AIBMR Life Sciences Inc.

Takeaways for Your Business

  • DSHEA passage surprised many due to the tumultuous relationship between FDA and the supplement industry.

  • Despite a steady stream of challenges to DSHEA, the supplement business has flourished in the past 20 years.

  • Regulation will continue to evolve as industry and FDA work together to weed out the dangerous products.

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