Copyright 2000 St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Inc. St. Louis Post-Dispatch (Missouri)
March 31, 2000, Friday, FIVE STAR LIFT EDITION
SECTION: NEWS, Pg. A4
LENGTH: 212 words
HEADLINE: BOND URGES REVIEW OF RULING ON HERBAL PRODUCTS FOR PREGNANT WOMEN
BYLINE: Andrew A. Skolnick; Special To The Post-Dispatch
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.
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.
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.