August 13th, 2021
AMERICAN KRATOM ASSOCIATION SUBMITS OVER 50,000 COMMENTS TO THE FDA;
WINS TO EXTEND THE PUBLIC COMMENT DEADLINE CONTINUES
On August 9th the American Kratom Association (AKA) submitted over 50,000 comments to the FDA from kratom supporters opposing an international ban on kratom. This unprecedented level of public outcry comes after the news broke that the FDA has asked the World Health Organization (WHO) to consider an international ban on kratom. The AKA led the effort to collect tens of thousands of comments, even with an artificially compressed schedule to that only allowed the public 17 days to prepare and submit comments.
Earlier in the weekend, the AKA filed a complaint in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia against the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS); HHS Secretary Becerra; the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA); and Acting FDA Commissioner Woodcock. The complaint sought to extend the deadline for the comment period to a later date in August in order to give citizens a reasonable amount of time to comment.
After negotiations with the FDA and the U.S. Attorney’s office and the exposing of a clear kratom bias in the comment process, an extension of the deadline to August 24th will start on August 16th.
The AKA is still collecting comments via AmericanKratom.org and ProtectKratom.org