Regulatory and ethical issues with dietary supplements

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Abstract

Dietary supplements are commonly used, and many are effective or hold promise for treating various conditions. However, they do not require Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval. Impurities and adulterants have been found in the products, mostly due to the lack of requirements for good manufacturing practices. In addition, as no standardization is required, the active ingredient may be absent or highly variable among manufacturers. The FDA published its 10-year plan for dietary supplements that addresses safety, labeling, boundaries, enforcement, research, and outreach. This endeavor, if put into place, will be instrumental in providing consumers with more confidence in the safety, composition, and labeling of dietary supplements.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1295-1302
Number of pages8
JournalPharmacotherapy
Volume20
Issue number11 I
DOIs
StatePublished - 2000

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