X-Message-Number: 11306
Date: Mon, 22 Feb 1999 19:16:20 -0500 (EST)
From: Charles Platt <>
Subject: Vitamin Ruling a Bitter Pill for FDA (fwd)

Vitamin Ruling a Bitter Pill for FDA

The Food and Drug Administration has been dealt a major setback in its
efforts to police health claims by makers of dietary supplements. The
agency recently lost a court battle launched by manufacturers of the
supplements. A unanimous D.C. Circuit panel ruled, in part, that the FDA
must employ the least restrictive means available when regulating labels
on supplements. For supplement-makers, the decision marks a potentially
lucrative balance-sheet boost and, more broadly, a resounding victory
for commercial speech. (Legal Times -- For complete story, see

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