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Support Senate Bill 3546
SUPPORT SENATE BILL 3546
join the AAOM in supporting the passage of Senate Bill 3546.
Senate Bill 3546, introduced in the 2nd Session of the 109th US
Congress, may be cited as the "Dietary Supplement and Nonprescription
Drug Consumer Protection Act." This Bill will create a serious Adverse
Event Reporting mechanism (AER) for nonprescription drugs. The herbal
products used and prescribed by AAOM members are currently covered by
The trade groups involved in the herb trade, the AAOM BOD, and the HMC
have examined this bill and support the passage of this bill. Please
express your support to your U.S. Senator and U.S. Congressional
Representative. This bill will place no burden on and have no impact on
health care providers and will reflect a proactive stance on the part of
vendors of OM herbal products.
All responsible parties involved in the commerce and use of
nonprescription drugs support a reasonable information gathering device
which will chart possible interactions and the tracking of possible
public exposure to products that fail to meet appropriate quality
control standards. This tracking mechanism, when recording an alleged
AER, will include information from the consumer regarding what
prescription drugs, alcohol, recreational drugs and additional
supplements were taken during the time period reported. This bill will
keep reports confidential until such time that there is a consensus
reached by the appropriate experts that that the product reported may
indeed be considered a hazard to public health.
SB 3546 allows OM Professional Associations to demonstrate
responsibility in tracking adverse events. It also allows business
members, who are also AAOM members to be closely involved in helping to
revise this bill. This will be to the benefit of business members and
will exclude any affects on health care practitioners.
Please join us in supporting this bill. Click on the following link to
conveniently send a letter of support. Based upon the contact
information provided, the system will automatically direct your email to
your designated representative. Feel free to amend the draft letter
provided. Thank you for your time, effort and support.
Reprinted from the AAOM Action Alert
How can you lend your support?
contact your senator and click "Notify Your Senator" at the bottom of