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Home > Newsletters > November 2006 > Support Senate Bill 3546

SUPPORT SENATE BILL 3546

Please 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 this bill.

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? Please contact your senator and click "Notify Your Senator" at the bottom of the page.

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