Sunday, March 25, 2012

The skinny on FDA regulation of dietary supplements

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This is a quick, concise overview that contrasts how the FDA views and regulates drugs versus dietary supplements.  The author says . . .

The skinny on FDA regulation of dietary supplements | Fox News:

"Recently I spoke with representatives from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and it occurred that there is some confusion about what “regulation” by the FDA means when it comes to dietary supplements.  The term “regulate” has various meanings.

In a general sense, dietary supplements fall under the purview of the FDA – where there are regulations that pertain to labeling and “claims.”  However, when it comes to the measurement of safety and effectiveness – as prescription drugs must do – it is not the same.  The FDA does not ensure potency, purity or biologic activity of the ingredients in dietary supplements.  There is no registration or clearance by the FDA before a dietary supplement goes on the market."

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