|BOND URGES REVIEW OF RULING ON
HERBAL PRODUCTS FOR PREGNANT WOMEN
Andrew A. Skolnick
Special To The Post-DispatchThe Associated Press
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PUBLICATION: St. Louis Post-Dispatch
March 31, 2000
EDITION: FIVE STAR LIFT
Sen. Christopher "Kit" Bond, R-Mo., joined leading health experts
Thursday in urging the Food and Drug Administration to reconsider its
ruling on herbal and dietary supplements to be marketed for pregnant
The senator voiced concerns similar to those
expressed by health experts who spoke at an FDA meeting in Gaithersburg,
Md. The meeting was held in response to protests over the agency's
ruling this year that allows herbal and dietary supplements to be
marketed for morning sickness and some other problems in pregnancy.
"The FDA needs to consider this issue very carefully, so that we
can ensure that we don't put the health of pregnant women and their
unborn babies at risk," Bond said.
Some witnesses at the
meeting defended the safety of many herbal and dietary products.
"Products that have a centuries-long tradition of providing comfort to
women should be allowed to continue providing that comfort," said
Michael McGuffin of the American Herbal Products Association.
Maternal health experts at the meeting did not agree. Claiming that
people have safely used natural substances for centuries is not a
convincing argument, they said. Few suspected that alcohol could cause
birth defects and mental retardation until the 1970s, they said.
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