The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently warned that cognitive enhancement supplements “may be ineffective, unsafe, and could prevent a person from seeking an appropriate diagnosis and treatment.”1 Brain enhancement supplements or “nootropics” have become increasingly popular, with US sales exceeding $640 million in 2015 alone. Despite their popularity, the risks of these products are poorly understood. In this study, we analyzed dietary supplements for the presence of the nootropic drug piracetam.
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Cohen PA, Zakharevich I, Gerona R. Presence of Piracetam in Cognitive Enhancement Dietary Supplements. JAMA Intern Med. Published online November 25, 2019. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2019.5507
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