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From the Food and Drug Administration
June 6, 2001

Safety of Aristolochic Acid

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JAMA. 2001;285(21):2705. doi:10.1001/jama.285.21.2705

The FDA has alerted health care professionals to important safety information about botanical products containing aristolochic acid, which are used as ingredients in dietary supplements or sold as "traditional medicines."

A year ago, the agency informed health care professionals that consumption of products with aristolochic acid resulted in several life-threatening adverse events and urged manufacturers and distributors of dietary supplements to ensure that their products are free of this harmful ingredient.

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