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UFC’s anti-doping enforcer recommends use of unadulterated supplements

BY Michael Johnsen
WASHINGTON — The Dietary Supplement Caucus hosted Jeff Novitzky, VP athlete health and performance at Ultimate Fighting Championship, on April 14 for a luncheon and briefing for lawmakers and staff on Capitol Hill. Novitzky is the chief architect and enforcer of UFC’s anti-doping and performance enhancing drugs program.
 
During the briefing, Novitsky indicated that most professional athletes take dietary supplements because they do not get the nutrients they need from food alone. He also pointed out that some irresponsible companies sell tainted products, harming the reputation of the industry as a whole.
 
The natural products and dietary supplement industries share Novitzky’s goals of educating athletes at all levels of competition on how to use supplements as part of a healthy lifestyle. Novitzky’s comments are in-line with manufacturers’ commitment to eliminating harmful and illegal ingredients that masquerade as supplements. The industry’s collective goal is to ensure that consumers have confidence in knowing that the products they are using are safe, legal and accurately labeled.
 
Since being hired by the UFC in 2015, Novitzky has crafted and implemented the strictest drug-testing program in professional sports conducted by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency. As a special agent with the Internal Revenue Service and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Novitzky led high-profile investigations into suspected steroid use by Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, Marion Jones and Lance Armstrong. While his experience in combating the use of performance enhancing drugs has garnered the most attention, Novitzky also advocates a range of issues related to the welfare of more than 500 UFC competitors across the globe.
 
DSC educational briefings are held throughout the year, featuring nationally recognized authors, lecturers or authorities on health and wellness, who provide tips and insights for better nutrition, including how dietary supplements can contribute to a healthier lifestyle.
 
These briefings also help to educate congressional staff about constituent access to safe and beneficial dietary supplements and legislative and regulatory issues associated with these products. In addition, DSC members receive regular updates on developments in the dietary supplement arena.
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NACDS Annual 2016 Nightlife — Closing Ceremony

BY Michael Johnsen

WEST PALM BEACH, FLA. — Bayer’s Timothy Hayes was awarded one of NACDS’ highest honors during the closing ceremony of this year’s NACDS Annual meeting in West Palm Beach. The Robert B. Begley Award — established in 1980 — is named in memory of former NACDS Chairman of the Board Robert B. Begley.  It honors an individual who possess qualities of great personal warmth, generous spirit and long-time service to the industry.

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Obama signs industry-backed drug abuse, access bill

BY David Salazar
WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama on Tuesday signed into law recently passed legislation aimed at curbing prescription drug abuse while ensuring patients legitimate access to their medication. The Ensuring Patient Access and Effective Drug Enforcement Act of 2016 seeks to increase collaboration between health and enforcement bodies on drug abuse solutions. 
 
Steve Anderson, president and CEO of the National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS), which advocated for the bill, spoke positively of the bill’s enactment. 
 
“This new law is one part of the culture change that needs to occur to make possible a nuanced approach to this complex issue,” Anderson saidWe appreciate the President’s signing this bill into law today. We thank for their leadership in the Congress … and we thank those in the patient advocacy community, the enforcement community, and other allies in healthcare for making possible this important step toward consensus.”
 
The bill, NACDS said, fits public opinion, which it gauged last year in a survey that saw 8-in-10 respondents saying that pharmacists have a dual role in battling prescription drug abuse — working with law enforcement to curb abuse while maintaining their responsibility to patients by making sure they have access to the medication they legitimately need. 
 
HDMA, which has also supported the bill, also praised the president’s actions on Tuesday. 
 
“Today’s enactment is a victory for not only supply chain stakeholders and regulators, who share a common goal in mitigating the scourge of prescription drug abuse in this country, but the many individuals who rely on life-enhancing pain medicines every day,” HDMA president and CEO John Gray said. “The changes brought forth through this law strike the appropriate balance of further protecting the supply chain against drug diversion while allowing continuing patient access to critical medicines — and it does so in a way that promotes collaboration between the healthcare supply chain and those who regulate it.”
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