Washington Watercooler - Episode 5

Listen in as we discuss three opportunities facing the government relations side of the dietary supplement industry.

Josh Long, Associate editorial director, Natural Products Insider

November 15, 2022

This installment of Washington Watercooler will focus on three opportunities facing the government relations side of our industry:

  • The first is CRN’s new economic study, Supplements to Savings, that examines how nine different regimens of dietary supplements can lead to substantial cost savings to the healthcare system. We’ll cover just the highlights and point listeners to how they can leverage other aspects of the study to demonstrate the economic value (as well as the health benefits) of their products.

  • Just a week after the Midterm elections, get the inside perspective on what the elections mean for the dietary supplement and functional food industry. We’ll examine how the election night changes translate into governing challenges on Capitol Hill and how the industry’s priorities may be impacted by who wins.

  • The drive toward more sustainable packaging is being steered by state legislatures (who want to require it) and consumers (who are demanding it as the price for their brand loyalty). Learn about the current state of these bills, which states have already enacted packaging requirements, how these new laws will drive recycling efforts for single use packaging and how the industry can lead rather than be led.

About the Author(s)

Josh Long

Associate editorial director, Natural Products Insider, Informa Markets Health and Nutrition

Josh Long directs the online news, feature and op-ed coverage at Natural Products Insider, which targets the health and wellness industry. He has been reporting on developments in the dietary supplement industry for over a decade, with a focus on regulatory issues, including at the Food and Drug Administration.

He has moderated and/or presented at industry trade shows, including SupplySide East, SupplySide West, Natural Products Expo West, NBJ Summit and the annual Dietary Supplement Regulatory Summit.

Connect with Josh on LinkedIn and ping him with story ideas at [email protected]

Education and previous experience

Josh majored in journalism and graduated from Arizona State University the same year "Jake the Snake" Plummer led the Sun Devils to the Rose Bowl against the Ohio State Buckeyes. He also holds a J.D. from the University of Wyoming College of Law, was admitted in 2008 to practice law in the state of Colorado and spent a year clerking for a state district court judge.

Over more than a quarter century, he’s written on various topics for newspapers and business-to-business publications – from the Yavapai in Arizona and a controversial plan for a nuclear-waste incinerator in Idaho to nuanced issues, including FDA enforcement of the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act of 1994 (DSHEA).

Since the late 1990s, his articles have been published in a variety of media, including but not limited to, the Cape Cod Times (in Massachusetts), Sedona Red Rock News (in Arizona), Denver Post (in Colorado), Casper Star-Tribune (in Wyoming), now-defunct Jackson Hole Guide (in Wyoming), Colorado Lawyer (published by the Colorado Bar Association) and Nutrition Business Journal.

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