Supplement Industry Slams New York’s Reasons To Age-Restrict Sales, Expects Other States To Follow
Sales of supplements and OTC drugs labeled for weight loss and bodybuilding supplements in New York will be prohibited to consumers younger than 18 starting in April 2024. “Once one state does it, what you see is that other states sort of look at that,” says CRN CEO Steve Mister.
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New York law crosses so many federal regulations it would also affect Rx drug sales while allowing consumers to file complaints alleging businesses violate the law, NPA argues in complaint filed in federal court in New York City.
State government authority is limited to make changes concerning OTC sales, including oral products with phenylephrine. “As we've learned in the past, that hasn't stopped them before. We're going to be monitoring this very closely going into next year,” says CHPA state legislature lobby chief Carlos Gutierrez.
States’ efforts on prohibiting sales to minors of OTC diet drugs as well as weight loss and bodybuilding supplements to minors didn’t advance in 2022, setting stage for more showdowns in 2023.