Author Affiliations: Dr DeAngelis is Editor and Dr Fontanarosa is Executive Deputy Editor, JAMA.
Dietary supplements encompass a wide spectrum of products, including
vitamins and minerals, herbal products and botanical agents, and extracts
from organs or glands.1 Herbal products and
other botanical agents are among the most popular dietary supplements. These
diverse products are used by millions of people in the United States and account
for billions of dollars in sales each year.2 As
with other dietary supplements, herbal products are readily available and
widely promoted, usually with unsubstantiated claims of benefit and seldom
with any mention of potential harms.3 New findings
reported in this issue of THE JOURNAL illustrate the inappropriate claims
for some commonly used herbal products, provide new information on the mechanisms
of herb-drug interactions, and underscore the need for more effective regulation
of dietary supplements.
DeAngelis CD, Fontanarosa PB. Drugs Alias Dietary Supplements. JAMA. 2003;290(11):1519-1520. doi:10.1001/jama.290.11.1519