Vitamin B6 citizen petition lacks scientific evidence, unnecessarily raises alarm

SEPTEMBER 27, 2021

Vitamin B6 citizen petition lacks evidence, raises alarm, CRN says

“Vitamin B6 is an essential nutrient that plays a role in numerous functions in the body and can be safely consumed from foods and dietary supplements,” stated CRN in a response to a recent citizen petition requesting FDA to require warning on vitamin B6 or B-complex product labeling. The September 20 petition, filed by Emery Pharma, also requested FDA to reclassify products with more than 10 mg vitamin B6 to be prescription-only.

The main points: The petitioner asserts that mega-doses of vitamin B6 cause symptoms of peripheral neuropathy and neurotoxicity, presenting a single case study. The petition references “upper limits” for vitamin B6 established by international regulatory bodies, largely ignoring, however, the safe level of 100 mg/day for vitamin B6 intake set by U.S. authorities.

Despite lacking the necessary scientific data, the petitioner recommends that FDA ask manufacturers to voluntarily recall all vitamin B6 supplements and revise product labeling to include a warning for consumers that vitamin B6 may be “dangerous when used in large amounts or for a long time.”

How you can respond: Members can use CRN’s prepared response with customers and media queries. CRN emphasizes that the petitioner’s requests lack credible scientific evidence and unnecessarily raise alarm without benefiting consumers.

The next move: CRN plans to submit full comments to the docket. Members interested in comment development should submit their contact information to this Google sign up form.

Questions? Contact Rashidah Denton.

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