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Capitol Health Call
May 8, 2013

Dietary Supplements

JAMA. 2013;309(18):1885. doi:10.1001/jama.2013.4933

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has an opportunity to increase consumer awareness about potential adverse health events associated with dietary supplements, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) reported on March 18.

From 2008 through 2011, the FDA received 6307 adverse event reports for dietary supplements, 71% from industry, which is legally required to report these problems. Most of the reported adverse events were linked with supplements containing a combination of ingredients, such as vitamins and minerals, or with supplements that could not be classified within FDA's product categories. The GAO also noted that because reporting by consumers and others not associated with industry is voluntary, the agency may not be receiving information on all supplement-related adverse events.