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Medicure Pharma - trying to ban natural vitamin B6! On 30 November 2007, Medicure Pharma submitted a citizen's petition to FDA that asserts that all dietary supplements containing pyridoxal 5'-phosphate ("P5P supplements") are adulterated under FDC Act § 402(f). Despite the fact that P5P is the bioactive-and natural-form of vitamin B6, Medicure want to see the product banned from sale by the US dietary supplement industry because its marketing of P5P supplements undermines the company's incentive to continue developing its drug product (MC-1).
Medicure Pharma has in excess of $21 million to protect today, says Datamonitor, but sales for its label use, to reduce reperfusion injury from inflammation following heart bypass grafts, is set to hit nearly $89 million by 2012.
Glaxosmithkline - trying to get rid of natural product competition against its weight loss drug On 17 April 2008, one of the world's largest drug companies, GSK, along with the American Dietetic Association and the Obesity Society-both regarded by many as fronts for the pharma industry- petitioned the FDA to try to prevent any dietary supplement product making weight loss claims. The company wants weight loss claims to be re-classified as disease claims, therefore making them the sole domain of treatments with licensed pharmaceuticals. GSK's Alli product is the only weight loss drug that in competition with the wide range of dietary supplements that help support weight loss-and Alli has become the third top-selling obesity drug less than a year after its launch.
Links to the petitions
- Medicure Pharma petition: http://www.regulations.gov/fdmspublic/component/main?main=DocumentDetail&o=090000648051908f GSK petition: http://www.regulations.gov/fdmspublic/component/main?main=DocumentDetail&o=0900006480511d9b
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