The companies that make dietary supplements will lose one of their staunchest allies when Sen. Orrin Hatch leaves the Senate in 2019. Hatch helped write the law that set out a relatively lax regulatory regime for supplements — they're regulated more like food than drugs, but they're able to claim significant health benefits without proving that those benefits are real.
What they're saying: "He often gets identified as a voice for the supplement industry but he comes from a state with a lot of manufacturing of supplements and with a huge population of people who use these products. He was a voice for the consumer. He's a consumer himself," Steve Mister, CEO of the Council for Responsible Nutrition, told the industry trade publication WholeFoods Magazine.