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Published: Thursday, March 31, 2022
This week, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released its FY23 budget request and summary documents, outlining many matters of significant interest to the American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) and its members.
Requests in the budget proposal include:
This is not the first time FDA has included MPL language in an administration’s budget request. For example, FDA previously expressed support for enactment of MPL legislation to provide the agency with this authority in the FY20 budget proposal.
“There remain many unaddressed concerns about MPL proposals – including that any MPL requirement could destabilize the balance that DSHEA struck between informed consumer access and appropriate FDA authority,” said AHPA President Michael McGuffin. “With the goal of modernizing regulation while retaining this balance, AHPA advocates for the removal of obstacles to the dissemination of truthful and not misleading information to consumers. AHPA similarly advocates for amendments to the prior drug exclusion provision to establish a more-reasonable pathway to market for all natural products, even if that means that certain ingredients would eventually exist in both the pharmaceutical and dietary supplement markets.”
The FY23 budget request is available in full on the FDA website.