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October 12, 2018

The FDA and Adulterated Supplements—Dereliction of Duty

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  • 1Department of Medicine, Cambridge Health Alliance, Somerville, Massachusetts
  • 2Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts
JAMA Netw Open. 2018;1(6):e183329. doi:10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2018.3329
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    1 Comment for this article
    Wild wild west
    Todd Davis, BSc., RPh | Community critical access hospital
    The classification of supplements as dietary products is a straight up sham. Patients do not take these products as part of a healthy diet, they use them as drugs and the general belief that a chemical or host of chemicals is safe if it’s derived from a natural biological source is not supported by any evidence and is nothing but a marketing scheme which has been sold to the public, some health care practitioners, and literally to a few key congressman by the supplement industry. The FDA is limited by the law itself, resources, and even more importantly by the politics of a commissioner whom is a political appointee. Unfortunately there will be no changes unless the law and the politics change. One compromise step would be to at least change the law to require manufacturers subject routine lots to independent lab analysis to confirm that the products only contain the ingredients and amounts stated on the label.