I’m sorry this is so late, but if you have the time today, before the end of the business day please call your US government representatives to tell them your thoughts about the FDA’s NDI (New Dietary Ingredient) guidelines.
The updated NDI guidelines have the potential to negatively affect our access to supplements here in the United States. This includes vitamins, enzymes, and probiotics and it’s already starting to happen.
Spoke with a Mutaflor rep 10 min ago and said 5 to 6 months ago the FDA required they pull it from the market and that it needs to be tested to the same standards as a pharmaceutical drug. Financially that is not feasible and so it won’t be done. He also said two other probiotics were pulled from the market.
Medical Futures, who sells Mutaflor has another probiotic product for vaginal infections that the FDA won’t allow onto the market. Women are resorting to rubbing yogurt onto their vaginas to get the beneficial Lactobacillus bacteria.
I have not used Mutaflor, I don’t have any financial or other ties to them, but I do know this, that food, supplements, especially probiotics have been the only things that have worked for me in my 14+ year history with Crohn’s disease. This isn’t about Mutaflor, but access to all supplements, food and probiotics.
We need to let our representatives in the US Congress know that we cannot have our access to supplements restricted, especially when pharmaceutical treatments for our devastating digestive conditions are massively expensive and potentially dangerous.
NOTE, even if you aren’t able to call today, please call when you can. This isn’t a deadline, but an organized day of action.