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FDA Cracks Down on Deceptive ‘Dietary Supplements’

FDA takes new steps to limit adultered substances in weight loss, sexual enhancement, and bodybuilding supplements.

FDA takes new steps to keep consumers safe from so-called dietary supplements. Weight loss, sexual enhancement, bodybuilding drugs may contain dangerous undeclared ingredients.

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Consumer Alert: Beware Tainted Supplements

January 10, 2010 – Last month, the FDA began rolling out new procedures aimed at protecting the public from harmful products marketed as ‘dietary supplements.’ The majority of these defective drugs are promoted as weight loss, sexual enhancement, and bodybuilding supplements. FDA will now include:

  • A letter from Commissioner of Food and Drugs Margaret A. Hamburg to the dietary supplement industry emphasizing its legal obligation and responsibilities.
  • A new rapid public notification to warn consumers about these products.
  • A mechanism for industry to alert FDA about potentially tainted products and about the firms that make them.

To date, FDA has warned consumers of hundreds of deceptive products including more than 80 ‘sexual enhancement’ drugs, 70 products marketed for weight loss, and more than 80 marketed for bodybuilding.

Avoid these products

• Products claiming to be alternatives to FDA-approved drugs or to have effects similar to prescription drugs.
• Products claiming to be a legal alternative to anabolic steroids.
• Products that are marketed primarily in a foreign language or those that are marketed through mass e-mails.
• Sexual enhancement products promising rapid effects such as working in minutes to hours, or long-lasting effects such as 24 hours to 72 hours.
• Products that provide warnings about testing positive in performance enhancement drug tests.

Need More Info? Get the Facts.

If you’d like to learn more about these latest developments, please visit the FDA website to view more consumer health information.

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