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FDA Warning: ‘Dietary Supplements’ may contain dangerous ingredients
December 15, 2010 – This week, the FDA warned manufacturers of a number of so-called ‘dietary supplements’ that they would no longer be able to market their products as such. The reason? Since 2007, FDA has received well over 100 reports of tainted or undeclared ingredients in dietary supplements that have led to serious side effects, and even death.
According to Dr. Joshua Sharfstein, principal deputy commissioner, FDA: “We want consumers to be aware that there are products masquerading as dietary supplements but pose significant dangers. Warning signs include products that claim to be alternatives to FDA approved drugs, products marketed primarily in a foreign language, marketed though mass E-mails, or sexual enhancers that boast rapid affects.”
The FDA is primarily focused on weight loss, body building, and sexual enhancement supplements because of their dangerous, undeclared ingredients. Concern over the problem has led the agency to send a letter to five major trade associations whose member companies make dietary supplements, warning them of the problem and of “their legal obligations and their responsibility to prevent tainted products from reaching the US market.”
The administration’s laboratory tests revealed a number of undeclared active ingredients including anticoagulants and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS) that prevent inflammation and pain. They also found supplements that contained active drugs that had been taken off the market as a safety precaution.
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