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July 9, 2012

The Consequences of Ineffective Regulation of Dietary Supplements

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliations: Departments of Medicine and Immunology, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas (Dr Marcus); Departments of Pharmacological Sciences and Medicine, School of Medicine, Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, New York (Dr Grollman).

Arch Intern Med. 2012;172(13):1035-1036. doi:10.1001/archinternmed.2012.2687

Prior to enactment of the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act (DSHEA)1 in 1994, the regulatory category of dietary supplements included substances used to treat nutritional deficiencies, such as vitamins and minerals. The DSHEA expanded that category to include botanicals and other traditional medicinal products, thereby excluding these products from effective regulation by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).