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Comment & Response
December 9/23, 2013

Illegally Marketed Drug Ingredients Are Not Dietary Supplements

Author Affiliations
  • 1American Herbal Products Association, Silver Spring, Maryland

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JAMA Intern Med. 2013;173(22):2090-2091. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2013.10417

To the Editor Illegal and undeclared pharmaceutical ingredients are much too readily available in products that are offered to unsuspecting consumers. This is a worldwide problem, and regulatory agencies in the United States, Canada, Europe, and Asia have identified and acted to curtail such products. (Numerous examples of foreign actions against products that contain undeclared pharmaceutical ingredients can be found at the American Herbal Products Association–maintained website,

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