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Research Letter
August 2018

Prevalence of Dietary Supplement Use in US Children and Adolescents, 2003-2014

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Pharmacy Systems, Outcomes, and Policy, College of Pharmacy, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago
  • 2Division of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health, Chicago
  • 3Department of Epidemiology, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, Maryland
  • 4Center for Drug Safety and Effectiveness, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, Maryland
  • 5Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois
JAMA Pediatr. 2018;172(8):780-782. doi:10.1001/jamapediatrics.2018.1008

Dietary supplements are often implicated in preventable adverse drug events in children and adolescents,1 yet current data on their use in this population are lacking. We used nationally representative data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys (NHANES) to estimate the prevalence of dietary supplement use, including the use of both nutritional products and alternative medicines, among children and adolescents in the United States.