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Dietary Supplement Update 4/10/12: Less than a third of active soldiers discuss dietary supplement use with their doctors prior to taking them, according to a new study about drug use by military service members. Many of these individuals don’t consider the use of supplements to affect medications. However, when taken simultaneously, prescription drugs and dietary supplements can significantly increase a person’s risk of potentially life-threatening side effects. Click here to learn more.
Are Dietary Supplement Drugs Unregulated?
Since the government has decided to deregulate the sale and promotion of herbal supplements, health foods, and food supplements, there has been a rapid increase of the type of products available at the drugstore and health food stores. Some of these products represent severe health risks, especially if taken at the same time that other drugs are taken or if the person has an underlying condition that magnifies the risk. Other dangers come from inadvertent overdoses and extended use of the product.
The big sellers in the industry are also no surprise; they include drugs for erectile dysfunction, diabetes, as well as obesity. The majority of these products are often labeled as “Dietary Supplements” or “Natural Supplements,” but what the public does not realize is that the FDA does not hold these manufacturers to the same standards as pharmaceuticals.
Dietary Supplements Health Education Act
The Dietary Supplements Health Education Act of 1994 (DSHEA) was enacted because of overwhelming consumer interest in making vitamins, minerals, herbs, and other substances more freely available. The DSHEA changed the way the federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulated these substances. Essentially, the DSHEA affirmed that dietary supplements were to be regulated as “foods,” and not “drugs.” This means that as a general proposition, so long as they do not make impermissible claims linking their products to treatment or cure of disease, manufacturers of dietary supplements do not have to prove safety and efficacy prior to marketing and distributing dietary supplements interstate.
While some supplements do provide benefits to certain users, each person’s body can react differently. Side effects of supplements can be experienced when using too much of a product, but some people will suffer serious side effects when only using a small, recommended or less amount. The dosage or “serving” recommendations are not government tested or approved, and it is the responsibility of the manufacturer to ensure the safety of recommended servings for everyone who uses the product.
Do I have a Diet Supplement Drug Injury Lawsuit?
The Defective Drug & Products Liability Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in dangerous dietary supplement recall lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new cases in all 50 states.