This from the 10/10/05 edition of the NNFA Supplement email newsletter:
In an effort to draw attention to adverse event reporting (AER) for dietary supplements, Sen. Richard Durbin (D-Ill.) introduced and promptly withdrew an amendment to the Defense Authorization Act that would have prohibited the sale of certain dietary supplements on military bases if manufacturers did not have a system to report adverse events to the government. After Durbin introduced the amendment on October 6, Sen. Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.) compelled Durbin to withdraw the amendment by assuring him that adverse event reporting would be a priority in the Senate health committee that Enzi chairs. Last year, Durbin attempted to attach a similar amendment to the defense spending bill but also withdrew it when Sens. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) and Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) agreed to work with him in drafting broader AER legislation. NNFA will monitor activity toward drafting such legislation and continue to keep members apprised.